just in case anyone is wondering- iv managed to get phpmyadmin working.
i installing pamp on c drive then placed phpmyadmin into the htdocs folder, not yet tried putting it before root folder and htaccess to rid security risks but im sure thats not a problem
i used version
which is the newest version that will work while SKIP_GRANT_TABLE is enabled in mysql.
you need to make a change in your php.ini file
session.save_handler = user
session.save_handler = files
also you need to change your phpmyadmin/config.inc.php
change localhost to 127.0.0.1
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = '127.0.0.1'; // MySQL
if your trying a new version of phpmyadmin you will need to change the line
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysqli';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysql';
thats all. then just start pamp then goto 127.0.0.1/phpmyadmin
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