I "stop" Apache and MySQL in the XAMPP control panel -- but when I restart Windows (XP PRO SP3), the modules are "running" (note: XAMPP control panel is NOT in the system tray). I can see how this might be desirable, but I'd prefer it not start -- as my userID attests: I am new to this product.
I checked the website for info; I looked at the .bat files; I checked the registry
It's kinda creepy when services are running and you don't know about them. I have taken steps to secure the product, as documented -- but I'd rather have it in a more restricted mode, until I get to know it better. I'm not being paranoid; just based on my experience -- when I run FileZilla server, I routinely (ie: daily) have the good folks in China, Korea, Romania try to break in -- at least until "Autoban" gives them the boot.