php-cgi.exe – The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly PHP

I encountered this on a new Windows 2012 R2 server. After using the Windows Web platform installer to install PHP the error: C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\v5.6\php-cgi.exe – The FastCGI process exited unexpectedly was all that greeted me.

The fix is to install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 4 32-bit version.

Once done do an IISRESET and you should be good to continue.