To run MySQL on a Windows 9x system, you need TCP/IP support installed. This can be found on your Windows CD-ROM, if you have not installed it already. If your computer can connect to the Internet in any way, it already has TCP/IP support installed.
If you are running Windows 95, make sure you have the right version of Winsock. MySQL requires Winsock 2. Obtain the latest version of Winsock from http://www.microsoft.com. This is not an issue for users of Windows 98 or Windows Me.
You will need to choose which server you would like to run from those described in Table 2-2. Note that you can run the '-nt’ binaries, but you don’t benefit from it, because named pipes are not supported on the Windows 9x platform. Assume for our example we have decided to run mysql-opt. To get the server started, open an MS-DOS window and type:
To stop the server, in an MS-DOS window type:
C:\> c:\mysql\bin\mysqladmin -u root shutdown
To get MySQL to start automatically with the operating system, stick a shortcut to the winmysqladmin.exe application in the StartUp folder. This will also have MySQL shut down automatically when you restart or shut down Windows.