Mysqli_connect not recognized

I am using XAAMP in windows 10. I am getting errors on all Php_mysqli functions not recognized. Call to undefined function mysqli_connect(). It appears the DLL is not loading. I changed and activated the extension= php_mysqli.dll in PHP ini file several times and taken the “;” off. Can you give me some suggestions? Should I use LAMP or WAMP?
Sukhen DeyAsked:
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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Likely what's occurred is you've installed an outdated version of PHP.

Be sure you're running... this morning latest is... PHP- + your mysqli_*() calls will work.

You can verify which PHP is actually running by creating a phpinfo.php file which calls phpinfo().
Sukhen DeyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, David. Let me try. I have installed the PHP 5+ version. It appears XAAMP does not have anything to do with it. If you have any other comments, please share. Dr. Dey
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
After changing 'php.ini', you normally need to restart the server to pick up the changes.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
The current version of XAMPP for Windows comes with PHP 7.2.8.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
PHP 5+ provides to little information...

For example, 5.6 will work, 5.5.X + below... depending on exact value of X + where you got your PHP packaged, may or may not work.

As Dave mentioned, current version of PHP... let's see... I see... PHP- installed for all my sites now, so you get the idea.

Keep in mind 5.6/7.0 EOL (end of life) January 2019.

Do yourself a favor, install PHP-7.2 for your project.
Sukhen DeyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Dave. I am trying everything. I think it is something in my PHP.ini file. I am not sure if you can either attach a file or send me some lines I need to adjust. I am sure, I am missing something. Thanks a million.
Bernard S.CTOCommented:
As suggests David, you should run phpinfo.
this will confirm/infirm that mysqli is installed
mmmhhh... how did you chek that your sql server is running?

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