SHAREPOINT 2013: CONFIGURATION WIZARD ISSUES WHEN INSTALLING LOCAL DEVELOPMENT INSTANCE

Issue #1: Ever try to install a local development instance of SharePoint 2013, only to have the configuration wizard conk out around step #4 indicating a timeout error when starting services? Me, too. I cried like an infant with a wet diaper in a childish attempt to project utter discomfort and anguish to anyone or anything within a[…]