I've looked through the other posts regarding pretty permalinks, read through the Codex.
I did a fresh install of WP 3.5, set up a new database, had no plugins active, checked the .htacess file, made suggested adjustments in a variety of posts and still cannot get the pretty links to work.
This may make a difference: it is located in a wamp folder, in a www folder in its own folder, so nested a few levels down but self-contained. Does it need to be at the root of the www?
Tried everything I can think of. Help, help, help, please.