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The CP3 log file about httpd.exe in use may be because when you started CP3 Apache and MySQL were already running.
Do you have another server running as this message you have posted may have nothing to do with XAMPP?
Partial error message are not helpful, please post full error messages and exactly where you are seeing it and what you are doing to receive an error message.byf wrote:Also sometimes when i restart apache in services i get the following message saying there is a script error and asks me if i want to continue running it. IN the URL area of the message it says. res://WINDOWS\system32\mmcndmgr.dll\views.htm
Don't use the Windows Service Control Manager to start and stop apache, use the CP3 and see if you have issues using the panel as opposed to the SCM.
You don't need to use the Apache or MySQL services until you have solved your other problems as you won't know which is what.
Remember that we rely on you to give us all the details as we can't see your screen form here.
What does the Apache error.log file say when you get this error.
Stop Apache and MySQL in the CP3 and remove any tick in the service module column - make sure nothing is running.
Exit the CP3.
Right click on the apache_start.bat file in the xampp folder and select to run as administrator.
Paste here the message returned by using the Edit functions in the little icon top left of the console window,
When you have pasted the message here run the apache_stop.bat file to close the console window.
Now open the CP3 and paste here the CP3 log file content found in the xampp folder before you try and Start anything and do not put any tick in the service module columns.