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. 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. i tried installing the program to c:\, but the install button was not functional. i have downloaded the zip file and patches. would this be a better route than with the installer. i'm no programmer and would require hand holding for the install, but i'm willing to give this a shot to put xampp into the root. 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. also there is a db.opt file in the data base folder. i can't connect to the file properly with the file dsn tab in the odbc section of admin tools. any other thoughts?