xampp install using virtualhost permissions issue

Is it ok to ask a pre-drupal install question here? I tried on the xampp forums and would like to try somewhere else. If this is not an appropriate venue let me know and I’ll delete the post or something of that order.

I have xampp installed on windows 10 and can browse to the xampp intro page at localhost and http://machinename

I created a dir at C:xamppappsd75_01htdocs and gave it an index.html. This is where I will eventually install a testbed drupal 7.5.

The httpd-hosts.conf file has this content

<VirtualHost *:80>
       DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/htdocs/"
       ServerName localhost
<VirtualHost *:80>
       DocumentRoot "C:/xampp/apps/d75_01/htdocs"
       ServerName d75-01.localhost

I restarted apache. I altered the hosts file to include d75-01.localhost

As far as I understand things, which clearly isn’t enough, I should be able to browse to http://d75-01.localhost/ but all I get is

Access forbidden!
You don’t have permission to access the requested directory. There is either no index document or the directory is read-protected.
If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
Error 403

Can anyone explain to me what I should do? The dir for that is associated with the virtualhost entry has the same windows file system permissions as the c:xampphtdocs folder, and it does have an index.html. I’m not sure where else ‘permissions’ may be restricted from?

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