New here so please accept apology for naivety.
On Windows 7 Home Premium, previously had Apache 2.2, PHP 5.3 and MySQL 5.5 running for years without any problem.
Needed to upgrade PHP! So decided to download XAMPP to upgrade all together.
First step was to uninstall previous versions - All OK.
Installed XAMPP package using system admin authority and disabled Firewall (Norton). - All OK
Rebooted PC and ran the XAMPP Control Panel.
"Started" each module in turn
"Apache" - OK
"MYSQL" - Windows opened a "Do you want to allow this program...." "Program Name: Net Command" window - Answered "Yes"
Why didn't this happen when Apache was started?
The Control Panel shows the following message:
[mysql] Attempting to start MySQL service...
and nothing else happens.
Starting other modules FileZilla, Mercury and TomCat proceed without a problem
Another attempt at starting MYSQL results in the same "Permission request" and no start.
going to http://localhost/xampp/index.php shows everything active EXCEPT MYSQL marked as deactivated and no hints
After several minutes Microsoft just shuts down the Control Panel
Thanks in advance for any help with getting MYSQL up and running.