Running XAMPP on Windows XP Home

I’m having real problems running XAMPP on my PC that is running Window XP Home Edition with SP2.

I also run ZoneAlarm, AVG Antivirus and AVG Anti Spyware, so I don’t know if any of this affects how XAMPP runs.

Basically, everything is fine for about 30 minutes. Then ZoneAlarm shuts down and all the modules in XAMPP go into Error. Then there appears to be a memory leak that causes nothing to start up and I have to re-boot.

Also, if I stop all XAMPP modules before they go into error, my PC still continues to run slowly and I have to re-boot anyway.

If anyone has any ideas why this happens, I would be grateful if you could leave a comment. It’s a real pain in the butt as I’m trying to add feature requests to the really simple sitemap plugin.

If I find a fix elsewhere then I will update this post.

UPDATE:
I have found a workaround for this:
Instead of using the XAMPP Control Panel to start Apache and MySql, I have been running xampp_start.exe. You can do this by simply double clicking xampp_start.exe in the programs/xampp folder.