Installing MySQL on Windows
You can run MySQL under Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT. To do so, you must have TCP/IP support installed, and your Winsock software must be at least version 2.
You can install two kinds of MySQL software under Windows:
Standalone programs, such as those you install for UNIX (the mysqld server and client programs such as mysql and mysqladmin).
MyODBC, the MySQL driver for ODBC that allows other programs (such as Access) to communicate with MySQL servers.
The Windows distributions are all available from the MySQL Web site as zip files. To unpack such a file, just double-click it. If that does not work, use a program such as Winzip or pkunzip to unpack files. The primary distributions include the following: