won't be recognized by Apache.
It needs to be .htaccess
even under Windows.
If Windows baulks at the file when trying to open it, try this:
Drag the file into your text editor, edit, then save it.
Also try associating the .htaccess file with your text editor.
When you get the window "Windows cannot open this file:"
Click on "Select open from a list" and select your text editor (notepad perhaps).
Tick the box "Always use this program to open this kind of file".
Now when you click on .htaccess file it will open in your notepad for editing.
file is defined in your httpd.conf file not htaccess at about line 252 in a default httpd.conf file.
# The following lines prevent .htaccess and .htpasswd files from being
# viewed by Web clients.
Deny from all
There is nothing wrong with the server.
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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I highly recommend DTX.