OK - basically correct answer -
It is running as the logged in user, unless the user chooses to install as a service or uses Run as to initiate the Control Panel or Command Window. When you launch a process, generally you are its owner, and it is non-peristent. Task Manager > Processes shows who is running anything that is not "system" or a service,
Click on Show Processes from all users to see what is really happening.
If XAMPP components are installed as service(s) it/they will run as LocalSystem which is a special class of user.http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library ... 85%29.aspx
Its worth knowing. If you read all that it will tell you the Server could not answer whoami, as it's limited to users. Owner might be a better concept. both Unix and Windows see processes as having owners, and the process' domain within the system is limited by the owner's rights