i'm running win7 ultimate with xampp 1.7.3 i can get tomcat, mercury and filezilla to work as services, mySQL will work when not installed as a service however Apache won't start at all, i have tried a port check and they're open and not in use,
any advice would be great thanks!
i think you are facing a similar problem which i had or rather i was having.
well just go through my post here:http://community.apachefriends.org/f/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=38983
(its a little bit lengthy but it will definitely clear your mind..of what is stopping apache to start normally.)