XAMPP fails starting of MySQL server

If you have a xampp installation in parallel to a MySQL Server installation, xampp recognizes the installed service of the server installation and promts you with an invalid path message.

Solve by:

  • Go to xampp control panel
  • Select "Config"
  • Select "Service and Ports"
  • Select the "MySQL"-Tab
  • Change the Servide Name to something like "mysqlx"

 So xamp serches for a service named "mysqlx" and has no more interest on the server-installed "mysql" service.