You might be interested in doing it this way to avoid Vista problems:
Setup a local standalone testing server
You will have to export and import your databases because you are switching database servers regardless of where the server is located. Not that big a deal:
Exporting and Importing a database using phpMyAdmin
Anything you use now with mySQL should work fine. Just think of it like switching hosts. The only change I had to make for PowerStore3 was giving the user View permissions.