Find Existing Apache Web and MySQL Services on Windows

How to find an existing, actively running Apache web server or MySQL database service on your system. 

You can use this document to help determine if you have another conflicting web and MySQL database service present on your system or if your current DesktopServer installation has started Apache web server and MySQL database services.

  1. First, start the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc and select the “Processes” tab.
  2. Next, be sure to click the checkbox/button to “Show processes from all users“. You can arrange the process list by alphabetical order by clicking the Image Name column.
  3. Locate and right-click the mysqld.exe or httpd.exe process in the Image Name column (one or more instances of httpd.exe may appear), and select “Open File Location”.

The file location path should reveal the folder on your hard drive of where the Apache web server (httpd.exe) or MySQL database server is running from. The parent folder should begin with xampplite. If the folder path differs, you have a conflicting process from another web or MySQL server installation. Apache web server and MySQL database services are not running when the httpd.exe and mysqld.exe processes are not listed.