Enabling virtual hosts in Apache makes every host forbidden (403)

I am on Windows 8 and just now installed Wamp 2.5 (Apache 2.4.9) at C:/wamp to test my code locally. I have my source code repository at D:/workpace/project1 which I manage using GIT (GIT is one of the reasons I don’t want to disturb its location).

After Installing Wamp, I just went on to enable virtual hosts by uncommenting the following line in httpd.conf.

 #Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Then I headed to conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf created its backup and created the virtual host.

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin admin@example.com
    DocumentRoot "D:/workspace/project1/"
    ServerName project1
    ServerAlias p1
    ErrorLog "logs/project1(local)-error.log"
    CustomLog "logs/project1(local)-access.log" common
    <Directory "D:/workspace/project1/">
        Require all granted

Also edited the hosts file and added the necessary lines.       project1       p1

The problem is that I get 403 Forbidden error not just when I access project1/ and p1/, but also when I access localhost/.

When I disable httpd-vhosts.conf in httpd.conf by commenting out,

    Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

I am able to access localhost/ but as expected, project1/ and p1/ too resolve to localhost/.

Surprisingly, when I re-enable httpd-vhosts.conf in httpd.conf and restore the backup of original(unchanged) httpd-vhosts.conf, I still get 403 (Forbidden) even on localhost/. But again when I disable httpd-vhosts.conf, localhost/ comes to normal.

It is furthermore surprising to note that If I change DocumentRoot to a dummy folder within c:/wamp/www, the story is the same. So this is not just happening when DocumentRoot is outside c:/wamp/www.

I feel that I have something extra to enable because there is no chance I have messed up anything as this is a fresh installation and I have made no changes except the ones above.

What may be the reason Apache is not getting along with virtual hosts?

Source: wampserver

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