XAMPP & Apache startup error in new Windows 7 machine

I’ve just been setting up my new laptop with XAMPP and got this error;

The Apache service named reported the following error:
>>> (OS 10048)Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted. : AH00072: make_sock: could not bind to address .

After a quick search I found;

That typically means something is already listening on port 80. You need to identify that program and stop/reconfigure or reconfigure.

Open a command prompt (Start > Run > cmd) and run the following to see if you can identify which program in the local address column is using port 80:

I did that and saw Skype was using port 80???? I closed it and Apache started no problems. I then restarted Skype with no conflict. Then checked the the ports again and found Skype using port 39889. I assume that if my Apache starts up before Skype all will be well!

Dave Walker
Dave Walker is a middle aged programmer living in North Yorkshire, who loves music and used to enjoy constantly restarting fitness regimes with a bit of football, cycling, swimming & jogging. Now I just eat biscuits.

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