When I ran the installation for magento on XAMPP it got hung when it was building the database tables. It gave an error saying that the script took more than the allowed time of 60 seconds.
Fix- change the php.ini file with following values,
max_execution_time = 1200 // was 60
memory_limit = 512M // was 128M
Magento setup takes so much more time as there are more than 300 tables being created. so it would be good to increase these settings while we are running the setup.
After running the setup I couldn’t log in to the dashboard.
Fix – run the program with the ip address instead of using localhost