I have come to work with my apache server today on xampp as usual and i have found that it just won't work. it starts for a moment then stops. there is no obvious reason why this is happening. yesterday i accidently copied my WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts file to a different folder, however the server continued to work all day. Today i have realised what i did, deleted the copied hosts file and ensured that the original file is as it should be. I haven't changed any configuration settings at all so i can't see how this can be the cause however i can't think of any other possible cause. Has anybody experienced anything similar and could anyone suggest a possible cause / remedy? many thanks.