I have no idea who "Apache friends" et al may be.
As clearly indicated, I used the link from the Web Assist page directing me to that site.
As often occurs in forums, people tell me what they have and ignore completely the scenario described in the post... Do you need screen shots??? Of course I have all day to try and troubleshoot the simplistic "tutorials" that claim to enable ease of use.
As also stated, am using another stack, so I have the MyPHPadmin app loaded and working.
When accessing the "PHP Extensions" info tab, it also says the cURL dll is loaded.
So returning to another question: Does the fact the test and remote servers are both on the workstation, affect the tests run by powerCMS.