WAMP Server not getting started problem

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I was trying to start WAMP server on my local machine and strangely it was not getting started! Everytime I tried to click “Start All Services” it just ignored it.

I checked Windows Logs under Event Viewer:

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Application

It seems the Apache service was not getting started and following log was getting printed.

The Apache service named reported the following error: >>> Unable to open logs
Code language: HTML, XML (xml)

Whenever the webserver is not getting started the first culprit is to see if the default http port (80) is already in use by some other service.

Well the guess is correct in this case. Skype was the culprit! By default, Skype tries to use port 80 (http) and 443 (https) for incoming connections. Disable this option in skype and your WAMP server is all set to go.

In Skype, goto Tools > Options… > Advanced > Connection and uncheck the checkbox which says “Use Port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections”


Restart Skype after doing above changes and restart WAMPserver. Your WAMP is up again!! :)

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  1. Durgaprasad Budhwani says:

    Hi Viral,

    Thanks for this information.

    What I have done earlier to overcome this problem is to start wamp first and then skype.

    But your information is more helpful.

    Thanks and Regards

  2. Rick says:

    Thanks! Worked for me

  3. Bindi says:

    I am not using skype in my pc.,
    still when i put on my wampserver it says internal error and it cannot be started.
    when i refresh it , it says wampserver started.. but actually its not…
    when i go to my browser and type ‘localhost’ it says
    page not foud 404 error ..
    please help me in this problem.

  4. ammu says:

    when i installed wampserver that icon shows offline server then that icon goes on reddish i dont know wat problem plz help

  5. rho says:

    thank!!! skype was the problem and now it works!


  6. saasin says:

    This solution works. Thank you very much

  7. mahesh says:

    Awesome man…thnx

  8. Adam says:

    Thanks for pointing out the Event Viewer. I was able to see the log associated with Apache and find the error in my httpd.conf file. Thanks!

  9. Rajni says:

    i was facing t same problem, now it is working properly……skype ws t culprit …. :)…. thnx a lot

  10. Prashant says:

    awesome, thanks a lot for this. it worked for me

  11. Muthra says:

    when i put on my wampserver it cannot be started.
    when i refresh it , it says wampserver started.. but actually its not…
    when i go to my browser and type ‘localhost’ it says
    page not foud 404 error ..
    please help me in this problem.

  12. phphunger says:

    Actually the problem with either WAMP or XAMPP, if you turn on your skype, then definitely you will not see WAMP or XAMPP running even if you turn your apache service running it will not start. I too got the same when i started my development carrier. After hours of research i got the solution like wise if i change the port number to 4433 in httpd.conf file then it started working. Anyhow great information viral patel…nice blog…

    • pete says:

      Thanks a lot! Change to 4433 works!

  13. Amit Sharma says:

    Dear Viral,
    I installed wamp on windows 7.
    I m facing problem to get MYSQL services started. everything seems ok but MY SQL services get started for a while and then stoped. error log is as follows –

    120814 12:42:36 [Note] Plugin ‘FEDERATED’ is disabled.
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: The InnoDB memory heap is disabled
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: Mutexes and rw_locks use Windows interlocked functions
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: Compressed tables use zlib 1.2.3
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: Initializing buffer pool, size = 128.0M
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: Completed initialization of buffer pool
    120814 12:42:36 InnoDB: highest supported file format is Barracuda.
    120814 12:42:37 InnoDB: Waiting for the background threads to start
    120814 12:42:38 InnoDB: 1.1.8 started; log sequence number 1595675
    120814 12:42:39 [Note] Server hostname (bind-address): ‘(null)’; port: 3306
    120814 12:42:39 [Note] – ‘(null)’ resolves to ‘::’;
    120814 12:42:39 [Note] – ‘(null)’ resolves to ‘’;
    120814 12:42:39 [Note] Server socket created on IP: ‘’.
    120814 12:42:39 [ERROR] Can’t start server: Bind on TCP/IP port: No such file or directory
    120814 12:42:39 [ERROR] Do you already have another mysqld server running on port: 3306 ?
    120814 12:42:39 [ERROR] Aborting

    120814 12:42:39 InnoDB: Starting shutdown…
    120814 12:42:39 InnoDB: Shutdown completed; log sequence number 1595675
    120814 12:42:39 [Note] wampmysqld: Shutdown complete

  14. mohit says:

    thanks it works for me..:)

  15. Tahir Malang says:

    Thanks Mr Viral Patel. I got solution very easy way. After unchek first we should start skype then wempserver. :)

  16. thanks my dear because u solve my problem in easy ways.
    and now my wamp is working properly

  17. deepika says:

    In my system wamp server 2 for windows 7 32 bit is not working.I formatted my system and after that neither xampp is working nor wamp.Wamp server icon is showing in yellow color.Plz help me our asap.

    And the second problem is , before re-installation of windows 7 mysql is showing in program files and all table of database are showing but now all tables of databases are not showing(which i copied from xampp/mysql/data folder).

    Plzzzzzzzzzz give any solution.

    Thanks in advance :)

  18. Sriram says:

    Thanks bro, that fixed it :) Good work.

  19. umakant chauhan says:

    when i installed wampserver that icon shows offline server then i put online the error (message show in dialogbox could not execute menu item and could not perform service action ) please help me..

  20. Viraj Kawthankar says:

    My wamp server shows that it is online but it doesn’t change its color. Local host opens but when i type localhost90:/ it shows webpage is not available and all my frnds get a webpage that shows all our php files in www folder.So how can this problem b sorted ?

  21. Mommit says:

    This solved my problem! Thanks!

  22. Sascha says:

    THANKS for this :)
    Wouldnt have thought of Skype as the bad guy.

  23. dhanusha says:

    thanx dude :)

  24. Phil says:

    Thank you so much for this. I don’t think I would have figured this one out. What an issue!

  25. Ree says:

    thankk u soo much.
    I was trying to start wamp since long!! and skype was the problem.
    once again thanks..

  26. Arshad says:

    Thank You so much…..! I am trying to fix this problem since last two days, and today it really worked it for me…. now i can use both Wamp and skype at one time….! Thanx allot

  27. Prashanth says:

    Still doesn’t work :(

  28. Ali says:

    Helllo I Remove The Skype But Still It Dosnt work Can Some Body Help !!!

  29. Priyanka agrawal says:

    Thanx for the info, it works……

  30. yulistioagung says:

    Hi, it work in local host and i replaced port 80 with port8008, but if i call from online like 202.121.xxx.xxx:8008 thats not work.
    Please help me..

  31. puneet says:

    Thanks! I works for me & saved a lot of time for me.

  32. Vinay says:

    Thanks! It works great solution for me.

  33. Rabia says:

    Im using windows 7 professional 32 OS, I followed all the instruction, turned off all firewalls, changed skype port but still my wamp server is not turning green, the services are not getting started, what should i do know?

  34. vipul says:

    hi viral your blog is really very helpful.
    I have one query about installing wamp 2.2 on windows 7 32 bit. It installed perfectly without any error. but when I clicked on PUT ONLINE, it shows SERVER is ONLINE but still icon remain ORANGE color. Apache service start / stop option is disabled. When I clicked TEST PORT 80 it shows YOUR PORT 80 is not actually used. I don’t have installed skype on my machine. please help me resolve it.
    Thanx in advance

  35. Worked perfect…thanks!

  36. Purvi Patel says:

    Hi Viral,
    This information helped me solve the problem why my wamp server was not working

  37. Haron says:

    Thanks a million, it worked in an instance.

  38. vaishnavi says:

    thank you very much…this was very helpful for me!

  39. HustleR says:

    Skype was the problem. Thanks for the help!

  40. Aswin says:

    Hi All

    Am not using skype but still wamp server not working doesn’t work for me. Am using the ms sql server , may be sql server is the reason for not working?


  41. varsha holla says:

    I am not using skype in my pc.,
    still when i put on my wampserver it says internal error and it cannot be started.
    when i refresh it , it says wampserver started.. but actually its not…
    when i go to my browser and type ‘localhost’ it says
    page not foud 404 error ..
    please help me in this problem.
    is there any other way to resolve this problem!!

    • Monica says:

      Hi frnd..it too having the same problem..if u got t solution pls reply me..Thanks in advance…

  42. e3emad says:

    Thanks man

  43. abhi says:


    I am new to PHP , doing this just for fun.
    Thanks for such a wonderful information.

    your approach is very nice,
    all d best dear . have a great future ahead.

  44. Shuvo says:

    Hey i don not install Skype. But my Apache is not starting. What can i do now?
    Please help.

  45. Sushant Shinde says:

    Thanks brother!

  46. aneesh says:

    thank u very much brother . it is working fine

  47. Javed says:

    another solution for this problem is to change the port setting in wamp server, you need to go
    appache—–>httpd.config and find 8080 , replace it to with your own number
    make two changes. in my case i put the port number 90
    1) Listen 90
    2) ServerName localhost:90

    • hammed says:

      Your comment was so helpful really really appreciate

  48. James Vijay says:

    hey there….
    i had install wamp server in my windows 7.
    i started all the services(wampserverapache & wampservermysql).
    when i trying to open the localhost on the browser…
    it displays an error(403 Forbidden – You don’t have permission to access / on this server.)
    what can i do….
    please help me….

  49. Jake says:

    Thanks so much for this tip – saved me a TON of time troubleshooting an otherwise simple problem to solve!!

  50. prasad says:


  51. John King says:

    Just want to say thanks for this. I have been suffering intermittent WAMP issues for a while now and had no idea it was a conflict with SKYPE. You’ve saved me a lot of ‘turn it off and on again’ moments.

    Have a great day!

  52. Lakshmanan says:

    thanks for the solution that worked for me..

  53. om gupta says:

    in my laptop wamp server is not working in the local user account .it work only in administrator account but i want to run wamp server in local user account because i do not have administrator access right pls help me how can i run wamp server in my local user account..

  54. abhidutz says:

    problem is with new services that use port 80. stop that service
    detials here http://youtu.be/bTiX4Ka25TU

  55. ShoShan says:

    helped… keep posting…

  56. tushar says:

    In windows 8.1 there are no such options. what to do?

  57. Krishnan says:

    Awesome…thanks this helped…

  58. Prabhakar Kumar says:

    Thanks buddy. This solved my issue. Keep sharing your experience.

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