I'm looking for idiot-proof instructions for installing the SVN server on windows. In terms of configuration all I need to do is to create a user that can connect from the local machine.
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Check out visualsvn server http://www.visualsvn.com/server/
You can use the ultra express easy guide to install SVN from CodingHorror. I've used it many times without hesitating or having any issues.
I second the responses that say VisualSVN Server. It's incredibly easy to install and use with a small footprint, and integrates well with Windows Server or even desktops with Active Directory support. It includes an integrated Apache server to provide web access to the repository, and can be run over HTTPS/SSL (with a self-signed cert) for secure remote use.
I've found the Subversion Book reasonable. It's probably also the most official, as it's linked to from subversion's main page. The book's server seems to be down at the moment, but hopefully it will be back soon.