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Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows

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Video: Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows

If you use Skype to make phone calls on Windows, you might find that there is a port conflict between Apache and the Skype client. I'll show you what it looks like and then how to resolve it. I have the Skype client open on my desktop, and now I'm going to go to the Windows Services Console, which is available through the control panel. I'll go to the Apache2.2 service, which currently isn't running, and I'll try to start this service. I see this error message. It's a very mysterious message, but essentially it's telling me that Windows couldn't start the service.

Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows

If you use Skype to make phone calls on Windows, you might find that there is a port conflict between Apache and the Skype client. I'll show you what it looks like and then how to resolve it. I have the Skype client open on my desktop, and now I'm going to go to the Windows Services Console, which is available through the control panel. I'll go to the Apache2.2 service, which currently isn't running, and I'll try to start this service. I see this error message. It's a very mysterious message, but essentially it's telling me that Windows couldn't start the service.

The reason is because Apache is trying to use port 80 and the Skype client has already reserved that port. Now one way of solving this is to close Skype, then start up Apache, and then start Skype up again. Apache will have reserved the port for that session and then Skype won't be able to use it. But a better way is to reconfigure Skype not to use that port at all, so I'll show you how to do that. In the Skype client, I'll go to Tools > Options. In the Options dialog, I'll click Advanced > Connection, and I'll deselect this option, Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections.

When that option is deselected, the Skype client will no longer try to reserve the ports for its use and Apache will be able to get started. I'll click Save, and I'll see this message indicating that the changes will only be applied the next time I start Skype. I'll click OK, I'll close this Skype window, then I'll go down to the taskbar, right-click, and choose Quit Skype. That makes sure that the Skype client is completely shut down, and if I see this confirmation dialog, I'll click Quit.

To make absolutely sure that Skype is out of the system, I'll go to my system tray and I'll check for any Skype indicators that might still be here. I don't see any there and so I'm good to go. Now I'll restart Skype. So now Skype is running, and I can make phone calls, but because I didn't reserve port 80, I should also be able to start Apache. I'll go back to the Services panel, which I have in the background. I'll choose the Apache Server and click the Start button, and now Apache starts up quickly and cleanly.

So you can have both Apache and Skype running on the same system, but only one of them can be using port 80 at the same time. My recommendation is to turn port 80 off in Skype and let Apache use it.

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Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP

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  1. 17m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Understanding Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      7m 12s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
    4. What's new in this update
      3m 35s
    5. Choosing a software stack
      4m 32s
  2. 30m 18s
    1. Installing Apache HTTP Server 2.4 on Windows
      6m 51s
    2. Installing PHP 5.5 on Windows
      4m 12s
    3. Starting Apache from the command line
      5m 24s
    4. Installing MySQL on Windows
      7m 24s
    5. Installing phpMyAdmin on Windows
      6m 27s
  3. 44m 5s
    1. Activating Apache on Leopard and Snow Leopard
      3m 35s
    2. Activating Apache on Lion
      5m 9s
    3. Activating Apache on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      4m 57s
    4. Configuring personal site folders on Mountain Lion and Mavericks
      6m 59s
    5. Activating PHP on Mac OS X
      6m 12s
    6. Installing MySQL on Mac OS X
      3m 59s
    7. Setting the root user password
      2m 28s
    8. Installing phpMyAdmin on Mac OS X
      6m 16s
    9. Uninstalling MySQL on Mac OS X
      4m 30s
  4. 14m 35s
    1. Installing WampServer
      6m 25s
    2. Managing WampServer
      2m 2s
    3. Defining directory aliases through WampServer
      2m 55s
    4. Changing software versions with WampServer add-ons
      3m 13s
  5. 10m 58s
    1. Installing MAMP
      4m 6s
    2. Configuring Apache and MySQL server ports
      1m 57s
    3. Managing MAMP
      4m 55s
  6. 29m 3s
    1. Installing XAMPP for Windows
      10m 0s
    2. Managing XAMPP for Windows
      4m 4s
    3. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP for Windows
      2m 40s
    4. Installing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      6m 14s
    5. Managing XAMPP for Mac OS X
      2m 27s
    6. Managing MySQL security through XAMPP
      3m 38s
  7. 13m 20s
    1. Installing BitNami for Windows
      6m 31s
    2. Installing BitNami for Mac OS X
      6m 49s
  8. 18m 49s
    1. Handling port conflicts with Skype on Windows
      2m 37s
    2. Handling other port conflicts on Windows
      5m 19s
    3. Detecting and handling port conflicts on Mac OS X
      6m 26s
    4. Configuring Apache to work with IPv6 on Windows 8
      4m 27s
  9. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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