I installed XAMPP (1.8, windows 7), deactivated the User Account Control as promtped and tried again, was getting error
Error: Apache shutdown unexpectedly.
12:35:35 [Apache] This may be due to a blocked port, missing dependencies,
12:35:35 [Apache] improper privileges, a crash, or a shutdown by another method.
12:35:35 [Apache] Check the "/xampp/apache/logs/error.log" file
12:35:35 [Apache] and the Windows Event Viewer for more clues
and their is not "/xampp/apache/logs/error.log" file because apache does not start yet
thank you for help