On Windows NT, you should have at least service pack 3 to get the right level of TCP/IP support for MySQL.
We recommend that you run the MySQL server as an NT service. The simplest way to install MySQL as a service is to use the winmysqladmin.exe utility that comes with a Windows installation of MySQL. You can use this tool to configure MySQL and install it as a service.
To install MySQL as a service by hand, open up an MS-DOS window and type:
C:\> c:\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt -install
This will create an NT service called MySQL. This service is now available from the Services control panel. To access this, open your control panel and double-click on the Services icon. Figure 2-1 shows the Services control panel from a Windows NT box with MySQL installed as a service.
Now you can start MySQL by clicking on the Start button. If you would like to change the command-line options for the MySql service, you can type them in the Startup Parameters text box before starting the service. In Figure 2-2, after the service has started, the status shows as Started.
To stop the service, click on Stop. You can also start and stop the service from an MS-DOS prompt using the ...