Before removing 1.6.8 I did not remove any ticks in the Svc boxes in the Xampp control panel. There were no obvious indications that XAMPP was running when I removed it . I removed 1.6.8 using Control Panel -> Programs and features. I then disabled the UAC to remove the D:\Development\xampp\ directory altogether as some sub-directories were not deleted.
When I ran XAMPP 1.6.8 Control Panel (XCP) I was unable to stop the Apache and MySQL services, My requests were ignored.
When I installed 1.7.2 I used all the default settings, save for the path (D:\Development\) and, when asked the questions in the setup script I asked for the path to be changed?
Apache and MySQL are NOT started nor showing a green running indication in the XAMPP Control Panel. When I click "start" I get:
Apache service started.
I do not know enough about Windows Vista to say if firewall settings are correct. V 1.6.8 worked fine a month or less ago. In the meantime, both Vista and FireFox have been updated.
IE8 is not bale to connect to http://localhost/
either: "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage".