Apache on WAMP (Windows 7 Pro) won't start

I have WampServer 2.0c installed on Windows 7 Pro. Apache has worked for a few months, and today decided that it didn't want to work anymore. :)

There is nothing in the error log for Apache (at least not for this issue -- there are some old errors, but those have been resolved). When I run WampServer, it starts (i.e., goes into my system tray), but Apache isn't running. I click on "Start/Resume Service" for Apache and literally nothing happens (other than the dialog going away) -- that is, it doesn't start, and it doesn't write any error to the log.

IIS is stopped.

Any help is GREATLY appreciated!
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By the way, I've searched on here to no avail for the solution to my particular problem. Other similar issues are not quite the same.
have you tried removing it and reinstall it
Edge WebwareAuthor Commented:
Yes, I just removed it and reinstalled version 2.0h (also tried 2.0c as well, to no avail). It still will not run Apache. It says that that MySQL is running fine, but Apache won't run. Obviously I can't get to MySQL since I can't get into phpMyAdmin...but it says the service is running.

...and still nothing at all in the error log.

Oh, and I can't use 2.0i because there is apparently a conflict between PHP 5.3 (in 2.0i) and Zend Optimizer, which I need.
try it in xp mode to see its a windows 7 problem if it is I would use vmware workstation and install a ubuntu server with lamp (linux wamp) and use that for testing instead
Edge WebwareAuthor Commented:
OK...I might have had a slightly retarded day yesterday, but I want to put this up here in case anybody else runs into this same issue and finds this thread.

I found the problem by looking at the Windows Application log (In Windows 7: Start  > All programs > Accessories > Run > eventvwr (then select Windows Logs > Application). Remember, there were no errors in the Apache error log. In there, I found that there was a problem with one of my Apache config files. However, since I had uninstalled/reinstalled a few times, and this was an OLD config file (from the original installation), it finally dawned on me that I needed to completely delete the old "C:\wamp" folder when I uninstalled it, since there were residual files still in there.

So...I uninstalled it again, completely deleted the C:\wamp folder (I already had backed it up before the first uninstall), and then reinstalled it. I started it up, and it WORKED!

The moral is to make sure -- if you're having this same problem -- to completely get rid of your old wamp folder before you reinstall it (I HIGHLY recommend that you back it up first, of course).

I want to thank IanTh for your suggestions. They didn't solve my problem, but I appreciate the time you took looking into this!

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