I was trying to install phpMyAdmin on a Windows 7 computer and thought it would be a walk in the park. After all, how wrong could I go with simple unpacking of the zip file to the document root?
Though I was ‘partly’ right (the process was as easy as I had assumed), a “Cannot load mcrypt extension” error message greeted me when I loaded the phpMyAdmin login page in the web browser – see image below. Below is the solution to this problem.
The “Cannot load mcrypt extension” error is not because of phpMyAdmin, MySQL or Apache. It’s a PHP configuration issue and involves editing the php.ini file. This file is located in the folder in which you had installed PHP. This would be C:/PHP if you’ve followed my instructions on how to install PHP on Windows 7.
The quickest way to solve this problem and get rid of the Cannot load mcrypt extension error message is to open php.ini in Notepad and load mcrypt.dll. Thus,
The “Cannot load mcrypt extension” error message would now be removed from the phpMyAdmin login page.
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