Because of intractable problems with a dynamic web site I was building I decided to start totally afresh. I therefore deleted XAMPP (using the uninstall option) and downloaded the latest version of the installer. That gave me problems with access due to password issues and even though I tried the various things suggested I couldn't sort the problem out. I therefore uninstalled it and went back to the original install package I had (1.83) which had a front end I could understand and which I had been able to use in the past without problems! Using this I got SQL & PHP working . I secured the root access by changing the password. However when I try and run localhost phpMyAdmin I cannot connect due to password issues. The password I am using is correct.
Any help would be appreciated.