Just wondering how you turn on remote access for mysql without doing a reinstall in Windows. I've traced through the mysql service properties and its call to xampp\mysql\bin\my.ini, and the skip-networking call there is commented out. Any clues?
I think it's a mysql problem; I've set up firewall exception for 3306, and the error message when I try and connect is:
ERROR 1130 (HY000): Host 'owen-watson.networkname' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server