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XAMPP install issue ** RESOLVED **

PostPosted: 06. August 2014 22:48
by nhp

Would someone be able to help me fix my mistake.

These are the steps I performed on my Windows 7 computer.

1. I downloaded and installed these files (per an older YouTube video).

At this point, I think everything was working but I may have had an issue with phpMyAdmin.
2. This is where I REALLY messed up.

I downloaded and installed:


I get this error when I start the XAMPP Control Panel

12:47:53 PM [main] Initializing Control Panel
12:47:53 PM [main] Windows Version: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
12:47:53 PM [main] XAMPP Version: 1.8.3
12:47:53 PM [main] Control Panel Version: 3.2.1 [ Compiled: May 7th 2013 ]
12:47:53 PM [main] Running with Administrator rights - good!
12:47:53 PM [main] XAMPP Installation Directory: "c:\xampp\"
12:47:53 PM [main] Checking for prerequisites
12:47:53 PM [main] All prerequisites found
12:47:53 PM [main] Initializing Modules

12:47:53 PM [Apache] Apache Service detected with wrong path
12:47:53 PM [Apache] Change XAMPP Apache and Control Panel settings or
12:47:53 PM [Apache] Uninstall/disable the other service manually first
12:47:53 PM [Apache] Found Path: "c:\Apache24\bin\httpd.exe" -k runservice
12:47:53 PM [Apache] Expected Path: "c:\xampp\apache\bin\httpd.exe" -k runservice

12:47:53 PM [mysql] Problem detected!
12:47:53 PM [mysql] Port 3306 in use by ""C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6\bin\mysqld" --defaults-
file="C:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6\my.ini" MySQL56"!
12:47:53 PM [mysql] MySQL WILL NOT start without the configured ports free!
12:47:53 PM [mysql] You need to uninstall/disable/reconfigure the blocking application
12:47:53 PM [mysql] or reconfigure MySQL and the Control Panel to listen on a different port
12:47:53 PM [main] Starting Check-Timer
12:47:53 PM [main] Control Panel Ready

Any help would be appreciated.


Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 00:07
by JJ_Tagy
You either need #1 or #2. You don't want both. You should decide if you want an XAMPP stack or install individual components yourself.

Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 01:22
by nhp
I want to go XAMPP stack only. Unfortunately, I am a newbie and not sure how to "recover" from here. My main concern is keeping my computer clean/free of un-used stuff. Any help you can provide would be great.


Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 02:17
by JJ_Tagy
Then I would uninstall all that stuff in your first block. You need to make sure it all gets removed as you have services installed. Once that is done, XAMPP should sort itself out or let you know if there are any other problems.

Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 02:28
by nhp
I understand.

Thank you..

Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 05:37
by nhp
I'm not sure about Apache uninstall process.

I ran “httpd.exe -k uninstall” on the command line which "removed" the Apache2.4 service

Since there is nothing under the Add/Remove Programs tool within Control Panel. Could you tell me if there other commands I need to run? I have been looking online for uninstall instructions but unable to find anything (current).

Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 06:52
by JJ_Tagy
If the service is truly removed, then it should be safe to just remove the files now.

Re: XAMPP install issue

PostPosted: 07. August 2014 22:04
by nhp
To my knowledge, I have completed the uninstall process for Apache and MySQL:

I have been researching the uninstall process for PHP and PHP and phpMyAdmin.

And as far as I can tell all I need to do is delete the PHP folder.
Can anyone tell me if this is true?


Re: XAMPP install issue "(RESOLVED)"

PostPosted: 13. August 2014 19:40
by nhp
Steps I needed to do to resolve my issue:

1. Went to C:\Apache24\bin
2. Ran “httpd.exe -k uninstall”
3. Deleted C:\Apache24 folder

4. Uninstalled MySQL under the Add/Remove Programs

5. Deleted folder C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL folder
6. Deleted folder C:\ProgramData\MySQL
7. Remove any environment variables pertaining to PHP and Apache (I found none).
8. Deleted PHP folder

Start XAMPP control panel under programs

I got the Welcome to XAMPP for Windows screen.

You have successfully installed XAMPP on this system!

You will need to read the instructions on this screen to make sure everything works.

Thank you for your help; JJ_Tagy

Re: XAMPP install issue ** RESOLVED **

PostPosted: 13. August 2014 19:55
by JJ_Tagy
No worries. Good to hear. Have fun with XAMPP!