Been at this for days with no progress! I'm stumped.
I have extracted xampp to the C drive, everything seems ok. Then...
I open setup_xampp, and it works fine. (Says have fun with Apache).
I open apache_start, and it says: 'Apache 2 is starting... ' and
I can open apache_stop, and that says
'APACHE.EXE (4293694267)' (next line)
And in the window title (you know the blue part!) it says
But the DOS window remains.
I open mysql_start, and it says
'mySQL is starting with mysql\bin\my.cnf (console)'
If I open mysql_stop, it says
'Mysql shutdown... C:\XAMPP\MYSQL\BIN\MYSQLA~1.EXE: Shutdown failed;
error: 'Access denied. You need the SHUTDOWN privilege for this
The DOS window remains, and I have to ctrlAltDelete to shut down
If I open xampp_start, it seems to be working fine. I get the line
'APACHE + MYSQL is starting now'.
If I open xampp_stop, it successfully kills apache and closes the DOS
At any interval with any combination of the above starts and stops,
if I open Internet Explorer and try to go to http://localhost, it
tells me this page is unavailable offline.