The following is intended to be a complete guide for getting up and running on Ruby on Rails, Heroku, git and the other supporting players on Windows XP. I wrote this guide because I was excited about Heroku but I could not get it to work. I started in a virtual machine running ubuntu but couldn’t get the gems to work. Then I tried cygwin and that didn’t work. Finally I found a couple of key posts that solved the windows install. The following is not of my own technical expertise. It is merely a compilation of what was found via some Google searches and the results of my trials and errors.