Apache won't stop

Hi I recently installed Apache 1.3.34. The installation worked fine. When I type
hhtp://localhost it also shows me the default web page. But when i try to shutdown Apache using the folowing command
Apache -k shutdown it gives me the following message
Cannot read apache PID file c:/program files/apache group/apache/logs/httpd.pid

Would anyone know why it is giving this message and how can I shutdown Apache.

I also tried using ctrl C but if I go to the http://localhost, it still goes to the defualt page

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Does it shut down correctly when you stop the Apache service in Control Panel / Admin Tools / Services?

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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
yes it stopped the server now. but why it is not stopping it when I use the command
Apache -k shutdown

try starting it again and see if this .pid file is created where it is looking for it (i.e. /program files/apache... etc.)
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royalcyberAuthor Commented:
it gives the same message

it tries to read the file in the following directory

c:/program files/apache group/apache/logs/httpd.pid

Is the file there?
Maybe because the apache is run as service the access to the httpd.pid file is blocked and it cannot be stopped this way. As far as I know this file holds the process id of the parent process.
Try to edit httpd.conf file and to setup another directory for apache pid file (without spaces):
PidFile c:/httpd.pid

Also you may try to stop apache in CLI by using 'net stop':
net stop apache

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