Thank you, but no success there - same unable to connect message.
There is another strange behaviour in XAMPP Control panel - if i hit MySQL Stop instead of Service on port 3307 (in C:\XAMPP) it stops the service which is on port 3306 and in C:\PorgramFiles\MariaDB directory and the button doesn't change to Start but it remains Stop. And the service is live
And again - if i hit Start button, it starts the 3306 service, but the button doesn't change.
This behaviour leads me to think that there is some line in some config file that messes things up. Just can't figure it....
And when i go to Windows Services and stop 3307 service - then XAMPP also changes the button to Start.
And again in Windows Services when i start the 3307 service, it starts the 3306 service as well?!
I give up - i'll just change MariaDB port to 3307 and set XAMPP mysql port to 3306. It seems that installation will accept the 3307 password in this case.
Thanks for the assistance!
I have set the port in XAMPP - C:\xampp\mysql\bin\my.ini and in C:\xampp\php\php.ini