ok. i reformatted and reinstalled everything. now wordpress files look like they should. i reinstalled xampp into c:\program files. the program works. i creatde a data base and i have made connection in the admin tools section, odbc. however, the program says it cannot find the myodbc3.dll and myodbc3S.dll files. i searched my system and they are there. is this a concern and how do i get the program to recognize these files? i extracted wordpress into c:\program files\xampp\htdocs\christianity-philosophy. i changed the wp-config-sample file with the necessary information and saved it as wp-config.php in the same folder as the sample file. i opened my browser, found the install file in the wp-admin folder and still the wp-config file is not found. should i reinstall xampp into the c: directory instead of the c:\program files folder? i don't think that this would make a difference. do i need to move the wp-config file to another folder or is it in the correct folder (main wordpress)? i'm beginning to think that this blog shouldn't be done. according to the installation instructions it's a no brainer to install wordpress. it does concern me that the myodbc dll's aren't found by the program, yet windows says that i am connecting to the database. any other thoughts?