2.3. Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows

2.3.1. MySQL Installation Layout on Microsoft Windows
2.3.2. Choosing An Installation Package
2.3.3. Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer
2.3.4. MySQL Notifier for Microsoft Windows
2.3.5. Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using anoinstall Zip Archive
2.3.6. Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows MySQL Server Installation
2.3.7. Upgrading MySQL on Windows
2.3.8. Windows Postinstallation Procedures

MySQL for Microsoft Windows is available in a number of different forms. A Microsoft Windows operating system such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2012. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported. For supported platform information, see http://www.mysql.com/support/supportedplatforms/database.html.

In addition to running MySQL as a standard application, you can also run the MySQL server as a Windows service. By using a service you can monitor and control the operation of the server through the standard Windows service management tools. For more information, see Section, "Starting MySQL as a Windows Service".

Generally, you should install MySQL on Windows using an account that has administrator rights. Otherwise, you may encounter problems with certain operations such as editing the PATH environment variable or accessing the Service Control Manager. Once installed, MySQL does not need to be executed using a user with Administrator privileges.

For a list of limitations within the Windows version of MySQL, see Section D.10.6, "Windows Platform Limitations".

In addition to the MySQL Server package, you may need or want additional components to use MySQL with your application or development environment. These include, but are not limited to:

MySQL distributions for Windows can be downloaded from http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/. See Section 2.1.3, "How to Get MySQL".

MySQL for Windows is available in several distribution formats, detailed below. Generally speaking, you should use MySQL Installer. It is simpler to use than the ZIP file, and you need no additional tools to get MySQL up and running. MySQL Installer will automatically install MySQL Server, install additional MySQL products, create an options file, starts the server, and allow you to create default user accounts. For more information on choosing a package, see Section 2.3.2, "Choosing An Installation Package".

MySQL on Windows considerations:

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