bah never mind now, i managed to fnialy get a "regular version" of apache working on my PC.
My problem was just about everything with the XAMPP program, seemed like i could not access to anyfile that i put in the root dir. Kept geting 404's
Anyway my conserns now shifted as with apache now runing icant get my PhPBB forums to install on my PC... IE just displays the source code. Its not being parsed, kinda agrivating me.