I would edit your post and remove your actual email address as email address collecting spam bots often scour forums for just that purpose.
Also I do not have Vista to test this on only XP Pro so it may be an exclusive Vista issue.
I have heard tell that the Vista Administrator is all powerful and it often requires you to be in that mode to do anything remotely useful.
I just tried to reproduce this issue on my XP Pro XAMPP installation set to default configs without success.
Curl support - Enabled
Curl Information - libcurl/7.16.0 OpenSSL/0.9.8e zlib/1.2.3
When I comment out extension=php_curl.dll
then the Curl information in phpinfo()
is no longer showing so all is working as it should.
Couple of things to check as you had a previous ampp installation.
Make sure that no other instance of any of the previous ampp components are still installed as services or being loaded before any of the XAMPP components, as XAMPP likes exclusive use of the ports it uses.
Do this by checking using Windows Task Manager
(right click on the Taskbar and select it the the Processes tab) before starting any of the XAMPP components.
Also you could do the same by running xampp\xampp-portcheck.exe
before starting any XAMPP components and again after you have started XAMPP.
Check the xampp\apache\logs\error.log
file for any clues.
Instead of using the XAMPP Control Panel
try starting Apache using the xampp\apache_start.bat
file as it may tell you why it is not being allowed to start.
To check that the httpd.conf file syntax is not allowing Apache to start:
Open a command prompt in xampp\apache\bin
and type this command apache -t
then hit Enter
If all else fails to fix this issue then try completely uninstalling XAMPP.
Re-install using a different method by downloading the 7zip version perhaps.
Take a look at the new DeskTopXampp
launch control for XAMPP
posted by ridgewood
http://community.apachefriends.org/f/viewtopi ... 967#103967
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