Cannot configure XAMPP for local root

I use XAMPP and Dreamweaver CS3 for web development and I have an irritating problem i just can't get.

XAMPP is installed in C:\ so the site I'm currently trying to design is in C:\Xampp\Htdocs\Aryakas .

I have an index.php file in this folder which contains the following testing  menu...

               <li><a href="index.php" title="Home"><span>Home</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="about.php" title="About"><span>About</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="/dogs/boys/boy1.php" title="Our Dogs"><span>Our Dogs</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="#" title="Contact"><span>Contact</span></a></li>

However , when I hover over the third link the browser shows whereas the page is actually at so I get page not found

What am I doing wrong?

I've attached the FTP settings in Dreamweaver
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Try this "dogs/boys/boy1.php"
<a href="dogs/boys/boy1.php" title="Our Dogs"><span>Our Dogs</span></a>

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You used an absolute path, but it looks like the full path is "/aryakas/dogs/boys/boy1.php", so you've to include the folder /aryakas/, too, because it's part of your path. The domain does not point to C:\Xampp\Htdocs\Aryakas (in that case "/dogs/boys/boy1.php", would be correct) but C:\Xampp\Htdocs\.

If you'd lik to use a relative link, remove the leading slash  -> "dogs/boys/boy1.php".  But if you're e.g. in the folder /aryakas/dogs/, a relative link must be adjusted.

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Hi chrisfixit, not sure if you have a reason for using FTP for your testing server, but just in case you weren't aware, you do have the option of using the "Local/Network" access option.  Have attached a screenshot showing you my setup for testing, with a local XAMPP testing server.  

Also, each of my sites is setup with an entry in the hosts file to allow me to refer to the local version of the website by name, rather than "".

eg for a real website, I add this line to my "hosts" file:       mydomain.local
Then I just type "mydomain.local" in my browser to view the local testing version of the site.  

I originally followed these instructions for setting up my testing server:

chrisfixitAuthor Commented:
Thanks all ;-))
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