Wamp Server common error “Could not execute menu item (internal error) [Exception] Could not perform service action: The service has not been started”


If you getting following error

Could not execute menu item (internal error) [Exception] Could not perform service action: The service has not been started

Solution 1:
please make sure none of following services is running on your system.

IIS, Skype, Zone Alarm, NOD32, Eset, Internet Optimizer, Google Accelerator, any other database server, any other webserver?

If you using any of the above application close it and select “restart all services” from WAMP menu.

Solution 2:

under Apache open the httpd.conf and change the lines

#Listen 12.34.56.78:80
Listen 80
to
#Listen 12.34.56.78:80
Listen 8080

Save the file and select “restart all services”, it is done

Thats all .. Cheers

A strange thing is that when i was getting this problem i closed the Skype and restarted all services and wamp was up and running. But again i started the skype and it give me no problem again … :D

146 thoughts on “Wamp Server common error “Could not execute menu item (internal error) [Exception] Could not perform service action: The service has not been started””

  1. I’m really glad I came across this because a bunch or others were saying to uninstall WAMP and reinstall it, getting rid of all the data and configurations. Many thanks!!

  2. Thanks a lot ….

    Error: Could not execute menu item (internal error) [Exception] Could not perform service action: The service has not been started

    I got this error …..
    i was installed two web servers so both servers using same local port for that This error occurs..

    As per 2nd solution ……i resolved my problem….

    Solution 2:

    Apache->httpd.conf

    under Apache open the httpd.conf and change the lines
    ——————————————–
    #Listen 12.34.56.78:80
    Listen 80
    to
    #Listen 12.34.56.78:80
    Listen 8080
    ——————————————–
    (After changing the port(8080) restart the all services)
    (http://localhost:8080/)

    Save the file and select “restart all services”, it is done

  3. I had a seemingly peculiar situation. In my case, the absence of the www folder in the wamp installation folder was the problem. I renamed the www folder for a reason and forgot to put it back to its original name.

    Who knows this could help someone….

  4. tried everything did not work… I uninstalled microsoft SQL as I noticed it messes with WAMP2.2 I changed port to 8080 and saved did nothing, I unchecked the use port 80 box on skype, did not fix the problem,,, I went into services and stopped anything that was running there was nothing running that was related… plz help thanks cant do my Final Exam without server access which was previously working 2 days ago with no changes since.

    1. Please post here the list of services you are running in task manager. May be then i can figure out the problem, i think some services on windows are causing the problem.

  5. Thanks for the article, and by the way… the reason why WAMP continued working after skype was started again, was because skype only uses port 80 and 443 as an alternative… not as the main port. So when port 80 was being used by WAMP, it couldn’t use port 80 any longer, but stuck to its original port.

    So technically speaking, another method to solve the situation would be simply to log into skype and uncheck the port 80 and 443 alternative. It would no longer interfere with WAMP. InshAllah, I will be blogging about this on my website soon enough http://www.techaziz.hk.

    I hope that adds to your informative article. JazakALLAH.

    1. ^-^ THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS SOLUTION CESAR!!!! This really helps me a lot… i tried changing the port to 8080 and tried unchecking the 80 port for skype but nothing works. i have been looking over the internet for almost a week now. YOUR SOLUTION WORKS FOR MY CASE !!!!!!!!!

      THANK YOU , THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

  6. Lol Wamp has two IP address aswell on the latest version so comment it and underneath it put lisen:8080
    The first one is the example and the second one is the defualt IP and port so comment them both and put undearneath:
    lisen:8080
    Sorry for my bad english
    Please Spread This!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. WAMP CANT WORK PROPERLY IF OTHER SERVICE IS ACTIVE…SO YOU JUST GO control panel/administrative tools/services/ FIND “WORLD WIDE WEB PUBLISHING SERVICE”(it is near last one) AND STOP IT …than u can use LOCALHOST normaly …

  8. you can go to change the port service either for wamp or skype..
    i changed port number for skype to 433 it worked…

  9. Any of the above solutions didn’t work for me… still wamp doesn’t get online and show the ‘could not execute…’ error…. please help.. i tried reinstalling wamp.. doesn’t work… help……

  10. i resolve this problem. stop working of IIS.. Goto administrative tool and click this (Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager) and in the right side click stop..

    tnx i hope to help this..

  11. i changed port and get solution http://localhost:8080/ but i get problem in phpmyadmin

    MySQL said: (what is this and how to fix it please some one tell me i need to do it so fast )

    Cannot connect: invalid settings.

    phpMyAdmin tried to connect to the MySQL server, and the server rejected the connection. You should check the host, username and password in your configuration and make sure that they correspond to the information given by the administrator of the MySQL server.

  12. I closed Skype and it didn’t solve the problem. On solution 2 it worked only with :8080 appended to localhost. I re changed the option to the default 80 and restarted. This worked for me. Thank you for your post

  13. My solution ::

    Control panel / administrative tools / services / wampapache
    – And –
    Control panel / administrative tools / services / wampmysqld

    Right click> Properties> Startup Type> Automatic> OK

    Exit Wamp

    Control panel / administrative tools / services / wampapache
    and
    Control panel / administrative tools / services / wampmysqld

    Right click> Restart

    start Wamp

    regards
    @ sdecomputacion

    1. oops! acabo de ver tu comentario!! después de mucho rato pensando, yo dí con la misma solución que tú y me funcionó :) tenía ambos servicios como “deshabilitados”, pero no sé por qué, la última vez que usé el wamp fue hace tres meses y no había tenido ningún tipo de problema….

  14. Hahaha, this is funny! How I tried so many things, only to ultimately search on the web, come across this article and then shut down skype on my PC, will have to wait till the next reboot to conclude that Skype indeed was the problem :)

  15. i don’t know why wamp was not working, i did what you said but nothing changed….
    Then, on my trial-and-error way to do things, i opened the mmc, search wampapache and wampmysqld, right click on each, properties, “general” tab, and changed the start up type for both service from “disabled” to “manual”. That solved the problem, wamp is working again. I don’t know why, but it worked! XD

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