First, I have been using XAMPP for years and can not say enough good things about it. Thanks to all those that make this happen. I recently installed the newest version 1.8.3 on Windows 8.1 and for the first time I am confused and could use some help please. I started up the Control panel and noticed a message " You are not running..." I did some searching and found that I have to right click the icon and run as administrator. I later found a better solution in going to the properties and then clicking "run as administrator". Okay, everything cool except that every time I load the control panel, I get the stupid UAC pop up. Is there a way to get rid of this...I mean, just for XAMPP without effecting the other UAC properties and programs? My next question is, all of a sudden I noticed boxes within the control panel that had red X's. Rolling the mouse over it, it says " Is installed as a Windows service? Regardless of whether it is filled with an X or check mark, when I click start, everything is working and normal. What is the purpose if this? I know this is probably very simple and dumb questions, but it confuses me and would like to know what is happening.
PS: Sorry, this is a double post. I accidently also posted in German, but English is waaay easier.