MYSQL setup with XAMPP

Hi, i haven't used xampp in about 3 years.
I now set it up to do some quick testing for PHP.
My Apache is running, mysql is running.
i left everything at defaults but i'm getting the error
#1045 - Access denied for user 'localhost'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

so after looking around at some other posts, i changed auth_ytp in the file to HTTP and added a password  abc.
now when i run localhost i get a pop up requesting username and password, i then see the list of databases on the left but the error still exists.

i'm not a d/b or php expert, if someone could please assist.
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VallerianiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
#1045 - Access denied for user 'localhost'@'localhost' (using password: NO)

I believe it the main account is root, not localhost, so like #1045 - Access denied for user 'localhost'@'root' (using password: NO) seems to be trying to connect to localhost, on a user called localhost, which isn't there in defaults.

So if you want to get in mysql:
1. Open a command prompt
2. Go to the folder with mysql bin (C:\xampp\mysql\bin for example)
3. Type: 'mysql -uroot' (Without the quotes, and if you put a password on root it would be mysql -uroot -ppassword).

phpmyadmin should already be setup, all you need to do is login, but if you change passwords and such of mysql, then you need to edit this file: C:\xampp\phpMyAdmin\ for example, or where you installed it. But normally it uses the PMA account.

If your using winmysqladmin, which is absolutely horrible, you just type in 'root' for user.
If your trying to connect to your DB, again, the user is 'root'
blue-genieAuthor Commented:
hi i thought i deleted the question.
it turns out i was fiddling with stuff but i actually needed to restart the stuff before it kicked in.
not sure what happened by it seems to be working now (its one of those I don't know how I got it to work and I'm not going to risk breaking it again).
i did try the -uroot in command prompt earlier and that also told me i didn't have permissions.
thanks for the info, as i go along i'm sure you'll hear alot more from me. are you a PHP expert? if yes i have a new question coming up.
thanks :-)
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