I really say its a very hard time for me when started to install these 3 things on my windows 7 platform. I know there is WAMP available to install at one shot. But I for good understanding I want to install these 3 separately and want to integrate it. Why its so clumsy and difficult for integration? Can anybody please advise me how I can do the following?
Ok, I still dont see why you dont want to just install a package like WAMPP/XAMPP or Zend Server CE (personal favourite atm).
Put it this way:
Generally speaking, all latest versions are compatible, meaning, latest PHP + latest MySQL + latest Apache
Typically server mode, but this really depends on what you want... this is not something for noobs, again rather use a package
Do you want CGI? or not? Read the documentation on http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.1/howto/cgi.html
Dont bother, this usually isn't necessary - again use a package
Mysql is a Database Service
Browse to http://localhost/ if it works, then it works. Libraries depend on your personal needs, if you for example need php's MCRYPT library installed, you'll know - install it... if it's already installed, it will work anyway
I doubt this will help you much...