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Windows cannot stat the apache tomcat 6 on Local Computer

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Hi Folks

I'm having problems with getting tomcat to run. The strange thing is that I was running fine on this machine.

I had a set of files in the ROOT folder and the site was working fine at localhost:8080

I stopped the service and replaced the site in ROOT with a completely different site. I restarted tomcat and each time I browsed to http://localhost:8080/index.jsp it redirected to http://localhost:8080/find_a_contractor (this is what the previous site was supposed to do.)

I could not figure out what this was happening so I thought I would just uninstall tomcat and re install it. Now I get the error "Windows cannot start the apache tomcat 6 on Local Computer" each time I try to start the service.

I have searched endlessly on forums and google to try to find reason this might be happening, I have tried many different things suggested on different threads.

I have tried different versions of tomcat.


I have tried combining different versions of JRE with tomcat.

I have tried re installing my whole OS and still get the same result on the fresh install.

I am running vista 64 bit on a x86 box, with an Intel Core I5 CPU 4 GB

When I run the installer it wants to install to
C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 6.0

Should it be
C:\Program Files (x86)\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 6.0 ???

I don't have an error log right now as I uninstalled it again and re tried installing it and now I get

the error log with this says

UAC is switched off.

Any tips of recommendations would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

michael white
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so I got it working...

im so bloody confused about JREs and JDKs

I installed

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_18

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

but C:\Program Files\Java\
C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_18
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6

I followed the instructions at http://www.advancedwebstats.com/user-guide/html/en/ch05.html

I have to say that it seems confusing to me, like Im not sure where to start.

I would be cool if there was a noob tutorial on apache.org from beginning to end explaining how to set the JAVA_HOME path prior to installing tomcat.

thanks folks!!

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