This may sound weird but I believe there are still people who don't understand what it means to install a framework, especially Windows users. The common habit when it comes to installing softwares is to double click on the launcher and follow the installation process by clicking
next, next etc. At the end, there is always a folder that is deposited in your system (in
c:programFiles usually on windows.) in which the software resides and you can start it from there or through a shortcut.
When it comes to frameworks, there is no launcher to double click on. We just have the folder/folders to copy into our computer directly. So, actually the Laravel framework is a set of files and folders located in a remote computer(server) that we need to get in our own computer. The folder is like a finished website folder like the ones you are used to have when you build a website. Once you have it in your PC You can just point to it with your local URL(http://localhost/mySite) and launch/run it. The difference is that from the basic files of the framework you can create any type of website/application.