JVRudnick wrote:...got the error message at the very end about "xampp component status check failure" and a string  ?
There is a topic about this issue, not the exact string you referenced but the various solutions offered may help your case and might well be worth a read (start from the last post page if you prefer):viewtopic.php?f=16&t=44320
Or you could try version 3 of the XAMPP Control Panel - download from here and extract the exe file into your C:\xampp folder and double click to start it:http://arloh.de/xampp/xampp_control3.0.2.zip
It does work very well after a few minor issues were quickly ironed out by the developer:viewtopic.php?f=16&t=46743
Jim, your main issue has sometimes been resolved by doing a reboot after installing XAMPP, but not always.
You may also try removing any ticks in the Apache Svc
check box when you get the XAMPP Control Panel up and running, then you can try and start Apache again - often, after many attempts at installing and uninstalling XAMPP, it can cause inexplicable issues to arise especially if the Svc
check boxes remained ticked when an uninstall was attempted.
Jim, another option available is to change the method you used for installing XAMPP as the installer version has been known to throw up all sorts of strange issues that using the ZIP method has eliminated completely.
You can download and extract XAMPP from the ZIP version using these simple instructions here:viewtopic.php?p=179699#p179699
This is not the correct method to start an application, plus the URL is incorrect anyway, there is no such xampp-control.exe
file in the C:\xampp\htdocs\xampp
folder in a default installation, the file is in the C:\xampp
folder and for the security of your server those files in that folder are not accessible from a URL in your browser.
Start the C:\xampp\xampp-control.exe
file the same way you start any application by double clicking on it or by creating a shortcut on your desktop for easy access.
The rest of your issues are being taken care of by Altrea and btw, no log files means that Apache has never been able to start ever since you installed XAMPP as Apache does create it's log files after a successful start.
Altrea wrote:I guess it's a permission (UAC) Problem...
UAC was introduced in Vista and in it's Vista form does not apply to XP Pro SP3 - mostly permissions are set correctly if the user logs in as an Administrator (a member of the Administrator Group), which Jim should really be, to be able to do anything useful with XP and specifically with any sort of web server installation.
Unless World Wide Publishing (aka. IIS,inetserv or other name MS conjures up to confuse everyone) is absolutely disabled, not simply stopped, then Apache will still conflict and maybe it is port 443 not 80 that is preventing Apache from starting, but as you say running the bat file should give some clues - also there are now many apps like TeamViewer for example that can hog server ports.
Good luck Jim and best wishes.