How to install XAMPP if Apache/PHP/MySQL already installed

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How to install XAMPP if Apache/PHP/MySQL already installed

Postby apachefriendsbob » 15. March 2006 10:01

I installed Apache/PHP/MySQL manually about 3 years ago on my system (Windows XP Home on a laptop).

Apache and PHP are running fine but I have no clue on how to use MySQL. I remember having installed it and setting a root password, but I lost the password.

I need help figuring out what to do with the MySQL on my system. I see it running as a Service in "Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services" as "MySQL". I also have this "winmysqladmin.exe" in c:\mysql\bin folder which runs on my System Tray as a stoplight icon.

In the documentation it says to stop the service through the command prompt.

I want to know how to "start over" with my installs. Apache and PHP run fine so I don't want to mess with that, but MySQL, I don't know how to use it or even know how its running.

I just want to use WordPress and Joomla locally for developing my website on my home machine.

I would like to install XAMPP but I don't want to conflict with my current install and all I really need is help figuring out how to fix or see if MySQL is working.

What do I do?

Please help me!
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Postby CPcoder » 15. March 2006 23:32

I am not knowledgeable at all about XAMPP. However, can you stop the MySql service from starting using the program msconfig? (START > RUN > msconfig). Have you tried using the Selective Startup by default, and removing some programs from startup in there?

You should be able to do this if you are Administrator. Then, re-start your computer. The msconfig should pop up again because you have made changes, press the "X" on the alerts and ask it to not show you again.

[I just deleted this paragraph because I re-read your post and it's not another XAMPP you are trying to get rid of, but some other installations!]

First see if you can prevent the service from starting, then post back. If no help here, then maybe you can find out from forums on those other installs, or Microsoft Support (good luck) how to get rid of your old programs.

However, I THINK you only need to prevent the other services from starting, at a minimum. Since XAMPP does not add any registry entries, it should not cause conflicts (as long as other services are not running). Please someone tell me if I am wrong.

Definitely, you cannot run both your other installs and XAMPP at the same time.
WinXP Home SP2
XAMPP 1.5.1 in top-level directory
Unzipped directly from .zip file
no other severs running
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