XAMPP 1.71 (basic package) on Vista Home premium (Version 6.0 Build 6001: Service Pack 1) won't allow the Control Panel (CP) to run as a service. The installation that I've used up to now, default control panel with it's features (Apache, Mysql, FTP) running as service, seems to work just fine however I won't be developing as much with this setup so won't need XAMPP to be loading all the time thus I'd like to load it as needed.
I could make batch file (.bat) stopping and starting the services but why not use the feature already bundled with it that allow me to load the CP as a service attaching the features with it. I've tried many times (after rebooting) to load the CP as a service with and without features attached unsuccessfully. I even tried running the generated line of command through SC command but I keep getting the error [SC] OpenSCManager FAILED 5: Access is denied.
I've just uninstalled XAMPP and ran the installer to see if there's option to run the CP as a service right from the start but haven't found it. Is there a special way to install XAMPP that would help me running the CP as a service or debugging why I get the SC error message ?