It would be nice if you speak german either or put your post into the english board, this is obviously the german board.
Okay... unless the thread got moved, that just makes no sense. I thought this *was* the English sub-forum for XAMPP/Windows?
Definately not. Dont use utf8 without any needs, as PHP does not support multi-byte characters with the standard string routines (strlen() etc.).
Whoa. That might be good to know. I was setting up a database to start working on a project I've been wanting to do, and the whole 'latin-swedish' thing has been bugging me so I was setting the default encoding to utf8 as I thought it made more senses as a 'universal' default (not that I've had any problems with the original default)... if I'm unknowingly laying a trap for myself, I'd like to avoid that
No, it dont think that this is a good idea. The idea of Xampp is to give the opportunity of a very easy installation - if you like a more sophisticated installation, don't use Xampp but install all the tools separately. And it is meant for local development only, so there is neither the need for a root password nor the need for remote access.
I don't know exactly how the original poster intended it... but perhaps a different view might be: because it *is* intended for local development only, and no real need for remote access... would it perhaps be prudent to modify a few lines in httpd.conf and my.ini so that the default installation does not accept connections from the outside world, but only on the loopback interface - possibly with a button on the XAMPP control panel to run a script and toggle a couple comments on lines in those files to enable external access once the user restarts Apache and MySQL? That might give it a little safer 'default'...