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trying to set up Tomcat on Windows 7, service won't start

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I'm trying to set up Tomcat 5.5 on Windows 7, 64-bit. I'm using Tomcat 5.5 because we have another PC/server that's also running 5.5 and I wanted it to be the same version. The other PC is Windows XP and it runs fine.

I have Java version 1.6.0_25

I installed Tomcat 5.5.31, which seemed to go ok,
http://archive.apache.org/dist/tomcat/tomcat-5/v5.5.31/bin/, then
-      apache-tomcat-5.5.31.exe                 2010-09-16 12:59  7.3M


When I try to start the service it just says "Windows could not start the Apache Tomcat on Local Computer".

I'm guessing it's a version thing, either with Tomcat or Java on my machine.

In the Windows Logs, I see an error, "The Apache Tomcat service terminated with service-specific errors. The operation completed successfully."
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http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-5.5-doc/windows-service-howto.html

Try running in console. Look at the bottom of that page
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CEHJ, ok, thanks.

I just now set up my Environment variables, but still the service won't start.

JAVA_HOME = C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6

PATH = ***;%JAVA_HOME%

For running the console . . . uh, how do you do that ?

I can run Tomcat properties ok:
tomcat properties
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set JAVA_HOME="C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6"
set PATH="%JAVA_HOME%\bin;%PATH%"

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CEHJ,

- JAVA_HOME is set in my Environment Variables

- PATH is also set in E.V., but what is the %PATH% for ?
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Well the idea is to run it from the command line, so i was giving you the correct syntax for that.

You'll notice btw, that your PATH entry is wrong (missing bin)
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>>the idea is to run it from the command line
but is this the command line in Tomcat, or just DOS command line ? If it's the Tomcat command line, I don't know how to get to that.

I changed my PATH to include bin --> %JAVA_HOME%\bin

still the service won't start up . . .
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I found a similar post here, so I changed the "startup mode" to "java" from "jvm" . . . and it started !

now moving on to my next phase of getting Tomcat to work . . .
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I tried to go to "http://localhost/", but nothing came up . . . the service is started . . .
- oops, found it at "http://locathost:8080" . . .
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I got it working ! I simply copied all files from the working server/PC to the new machine, and it came up and seems fine . . .

But thanks for pushing me along, always good to have a second set of eyes.
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ok
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the "java" mode of startup did the trick.
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