agony wrote:im sorry but i dont know how to allow (nor delete) cookies for localhost so i have no clue if thats on or not.
There is a setting in your browser that can allow or deny cookies for certain domains and a general setting that will ask you for a decision whether to allow or deny each cookie that is presented to you - For help see Firefox Help>Options>Privacy Options>Cookies
For Cookie settings in Firefox Tools>Options...>Privacy>Cookies
Internet Explorer Properties>Privacy>Advanced
but I only have IE6 but new versions would be in a similar location.
agony wrote:And the session settings in php.ini i don't what to do with
Normally there should be no need to change the session settings in the php.ini file as XAMPP is designed to work out of the box for most.
This is strange as your issue has popped up after a reboot after working normally for some months.
With XP SP3 there seems to have been some issues that have been resolved by a new install as it may be that an automatic update from MS has been effected and came into play after you rebooted that has caused this hiccup.
Make a backup or Copy of xampp
your current folder before uninstalling and installing the new version 1.7.1. of XAMPP for Windows - this can be deleted after the new install is successful.
If all else fails and you can't shift this annoyance it may be advisable to uninstall XAMPP by first stopping all components and removing any that are installed as a service, don't forget to close the XAMPP Control Panel before deleting the xampp folder.
Now try and use the EXE (7 zip) self extracting 1.7.1 version and extract the files to the C:\ drive which will put all the files in C:\xampp folder in their correct places.
Then run the setup_xampp.bat file to set the paths correctly.
Next open the XAMPP Control Panel - xampp-control.exe
and start Apache and MySQL.
Go to http://localhost
and make sure the installation is working by exercising all the demos.