WAMPserver Error: Could Not Execute Menu Item

By on July 8, 2011.     11 Comments

While working on my development site the other day, I needed to temporarily disable the alias_module of Apache. When it came time to re-enable it again, I ran into this error:

Could not execute menu item (internal error) [Exception] Could not perform service action: The service has not been started

Typically when I adjust a module in Apache or extension in PHP, the service automatically restarts. It didn’t in this case, so I figured stopping the Apache service, enabling the module, and restarting Apache would do the trick, but no luck.

I went to Google seeking help for this problem returning results of others having the same difficulty, although the cause wasn’t always the same. All the support threads I read (about 10) – including a few on the WAMPserver support forum – suggested completely removing the program (the whole C:\WAMP folder), restarting the computer, and trying again with a fresh installation.

I knew there had to be a better way, preferably one where I didn’t have to backup and restore my web documents and databases. It turns out I was correct, and it’s a quick fix too.

  1. At this point, the Apache service is already off. Go into the Apache > Service window and select Remove Service.
  2. Open up the Apache > Apache modules window and enable the desired module without resistance. In my case, it was alias_module
  3. Go back into the Apache > Service window and select Install Service.
  4. A window will pop-up to check the availability of port 80. Unless you’ve fiddled with ports, the message should say port 80 is available and the installation will proceed. Press Enter.
  5. Within the Quick Admin menu of WAMPserver, select Restart All Services and both PHP and Apache should start-up without problem.

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Comments (11)

  1. November 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    Chris said:

    You save me ! (y)
    Thank you

  2. December 12, 2011 at 11:08 am
    bala said:

    thanks for ur tips it’s working perfectly

  3. January 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm
    HELP PLEASE said:

    im Go back into the Apache > can’t install the apache service, please stop this aplication…

  4. January 9, 2012 at 3:03 am
    XPS said:

    First thing you have to do is stop the Apache service. Left-click the WAMPserver icon and click “Stop All Services,” and wait a moment for the WAMP icon to change to red. Then follow my tutorial from step 1 and hopefully it will work fine.

  5. January 10, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Wagter said:

    Thanks a lot for this. WAMP has given me its fair share of trouble in the pass. Maybe some of you guys can find this article helpful as well. http://www.peppermintdesign.co.za/2011/11/wamp-error-could-not-execute-menu-item-internal-error/

  6. January 15, 2012 at 10:50 am
    mubarak said:

    Hi, When i restart the application after installing service. The same error appear here.
    please help me to find out that what i do to do its right way.


  7. January 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    XPS said:

    1.) Stop WAMPserver’s Apache and MySQL services.
    2.) Remove the Apache service.
    3.) Install the specific Apache module you’re trying to install.
    4.) Reinstall the Apache service and verify port 80 is available for use.
    5.) Restart both the Apache and MySQL services.

    Are you sure you followed each step? Perhaps the link Wagter posted may be helpful. Although my solution worked for me, it seems some other people require different ones based on their computer’s settings.

  8. January 16, 2012 at 1:21 am
    mubarak said:

    hi XPS,

    when i used your fist step after stop all services in wamp. The Same error pop-up will come to me.. I don’t know i have to upload my site today. but i totally struck.

    Please help to recover my issue.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Hi Xps,
    I cannot remove the Apache service after stop all services in wamp. When i click the Apache remove service the Same error pop-up come here..

    please help me, I’m in critical situation.


  9. April 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    Sinajudheen P said:

    Dear XPS,

    Thank you so much. Very useful information.

    Sinajudheen P

  10. April 17, 2012 at 1:03 am
    XPS said:

    Thanks Sinajudheen. I’m glad you found it helpful.

  11. July 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    KDemarest said:

    Thank you for this info. I got the source of my problem: Skype was running on port 80 and blocked the Apache service. After stopping Skype I went from step 1 and everything went ok :)

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