I am learning Drupal 8 and have installed Drupal 8.1.2 version on XAMP. No theme files are included when page is loaded (viewed source).

When trying to solve this, I changed theme from default bartik to stark. Still no theme files are loaded. And now I am trying to switch it back to bartik, but I am unable to.

"Bartik is now the default theme." is displayed but Stark 8.1.2 (default theme) is default theme.

See screenshot below:

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  • Most likely that's an issue with your .htaccess and RewriteBase. Or Apache config.
    – leymannx
    Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 15:20

2 Answers 2


I recommend you use Aquia Dev Desktop, easier to use than Xamp, one click install.


Just use that, and it will all work 100% the first time.

Something else you might need to do with Xamp is adjust timeouts ect...with Aquia dev desktop the settings are usually already adapted to Drupal requirements.

  • Installed Acquia Dev Desktop 2 and getting error : "Drupal distributions list is not available"
    – meen
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 11:41

Maybe your page is cached. Go to /admin/config/development/performance and hit "Clear all caches".

  • I have already cleared cache, also unchecked the "Aggregate CSS files" and "Aggregate JavaScript files" and cleared cache. But still its not working.
    – meen
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 13:51

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