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Error starting apache service on Windows 2008 Server R2 Standard

WAMP Package: VertrigoServ 2.29  
OS: Windows 2008 Server R2 Standard  

ERROR(in the event log): Syntax error on line 134 of xxxx/apache/conf/httpd.conf: Cannot load xxxxxxxxx/php/php5apache2_2.dll into server: The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail. ... Line 134: LoadModule php5_module "xxx/php/php5apache2_2.dll" NOTE: xxx is where my WAMP package is installed.  

RESOLUTION: I fixed my problem by installing the Visual C++ 2008 32-bit Redistrible Package from Microsoft.

ADDITIONAL INFO: While researching this problem i found that Apache was reporting that port 80 was in use yet doing a netstat -aon for example did not reveal any process using the port. But when checked the error logs i found this side-by-side config error and decided to google that, and viola! problem solved.

Another thing i learnt during this is searching through DOS commands results for specific text e.g.

netstat -aon | find ":80"   OR  netstat -aon | findstr ":80"

where the command checks for programs using port 80

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