OK - so this was an "Adobe issue" as best we can tell - correct??
(BTW, all services, no matter whose they are, use Services.exe)
This is the Services Control Manager, which is responsible for running, ending, and interacting with system services. Use this program to start services, stop them, or change their default from automatic to manual startup.
So in Process Explorer, you will see your Apache httpd.exe running in that System Tree, as (if you have made it a service) it gets launched with the System, thus you don't have to be logged in for it to run. (that's the flipside of 'run as')
That's why I told you (or the other one) to hunt in Process Explorer under System (which is always Process ID 4)
Please do us all a favor, and don't top post, as people don't go back to read the original (including the volunteers)
Threads can get long. .
Good Luck now, and I am glad you have it working.