Issues with MySQL on XAMPP Server Running Locally

I installed an XAMPP server on my laptop's harddrive so I could set up a dev/test environment locally. The XAMPP server is installed and both Apache and MySQL are running. However, when I tried to set up password protection on root user in MySQL, I received an "Access Denied" message stating "phpMyAdmin tried to connect to the MySQL server, and the server rejected the connection. You should check the host, username and password in your configuration and make sure that they correspond to the information given by the administrator of the MySQL server." I don't know what to do next to resolve as I'm unable to access the control panel for MySQL now. I haven't even gotten as far as to install WordPress yet so really could use some assistance (and I'm not technical :slight_smile:.........please help!