I tried the new version 3 Control Panel as you suggested and got the same error as before. It might sound weird, but I got the problem resolved. I noticed, for me that whenever I launch phpmyadmin from the contol panel interface by clicking the admin button beside mysql, that is when i get the error. If i access phpmyadmin by typing the url directly in the address bar using IE9, I don't get the error. So I tried it a couple of times and whenever I launch it from the control panel, the error is displayed and if I type in the url or launch it from my bookmarks I don't get the error, and this is the situaltion when I'm using IE9. So for me I just use my bookmarks to access phpmyadmin and avoid lauching it from the control panel, that way everything works flawlessly. What gave me the hint that phpmyadmin was working with me not needing to relocate the temp folder nor change permission is when I accessed it via firefox 7.0 and google chrome 11.0 and it loaded with no errors. So then I began to troubleshoot IE9 and came up with these findinds. Thanks for you suggestions!!!!!