I have just installed XAMPP and everything works fine except that I can't get apache to run. It seems that port 80 is the problem, I have disabled Skype to use port 80 but it doesn't seem to fix it. I read somewhere that the SSL port can be the problem and should be changed. But I cant figure out were the port is or how to change it.
"Check the "/xampp/apache/logs/error.log" file"
20:34:24 [Apache] Problem detected!
20:34:24 [Apache] Port 80 in use by "system"!
20:34:24 [Apache] Apache WILL NOT start without the configured ports free!
20:34:24 [Apache] You need to uninstall/disable/reconfigure the blocking application
20:34:24 [Apache] or reconfigure Apache to listen on a different port
20:40:50 [Apache] Attempting to start Apache app...
20:40:50 [Apache] Status change detected: running
20:40:51 [Apache] Status change detected: stopped
20:40:51 [Apache] Error: Apache shutdown unexpectedly.
20:40:51 [Apache] This may be due to a blocked port, missing dependencies,
20:40:51 [Apache] improper privileges, a crash, or a shutdown by another method.
20:40:51 [Apache] Check the "/xampp/apache/logs/error.log" file
20:40:51 [Apache] and the Windows Event Viewer for more clues
Find out which other service uses port 80.
I have heard skype uses port 80. Check it there isn't another server or database running in the background on port 80.
Two good alternatives to xampp are wamp and easyphp. Out of that, wamp is the most user friendly and it also has a built in tool for checking if port 80 is in use and which service is currently using it.
Or disable iis. It has been known to use port 80 by default.