Installing MySQL on Windows

The MySQL installation process on Windows is also quite simple—the developers from MySQL AB have packaged up everything you need in one zip file with a setup program! Download the zip file, extract its contents into a temporary directory, and run the setup.exe application. After the setup.exe application installs the MySQL server and client programs, you're ready to start the MySQL server.

The following steps detail the installation of MySQL 4.0.x on Windows, when the installer is downloaded from MySQL AB. The install sequence looks similar, regardless if you have a Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP environment for testing and development. Many users install MySQL on personal Windows machines just ...

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