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 developer with 20+ years IT experience. Working with Progress/OpenEdge since 1995 he's been involved through the full gambit of the software development life cycle, from systems design through to front line support, customer training, and everything in between. Dave doesn't enjoy writing about himself in the third person.

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