If you’re having trouble installing MySQL 5.1 on a Windows server, I’d recommend the following process. Don’t skip the first steps that describe the uninstall and removal of the previous install as this seems to clear up most issues. For the uninstall, I’d recommend manually deleting data files. Caution: deleting the data files will delete any data previously entered into MySQL.
1. Remove previous MySQL installs (and remnants)
a. Stop the MySQL service ( Start | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services)
b. Remove MySQL using Windows Add or Remove Programs (Start | Control Panel | Add or Remove Programs)
c. Clean up (delete) the data directory (assuming that you don’t have data that you need) c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\mysql
d. Clean up (delete) any remaining directories under program files c:\program files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1 (or whatever version you’re using)
That’s it for the removal and clean up. Now, we’ll begin the install.
2. The MySQL install is a two step process: running the installer (.MSI) and then running the MySQL configuration utility (MySQLInstanceConfig.exe). Theoretically, the first step should install the data files and program files and the second step should set up the service, set the root password and start the service. The installer is designed to call the configuration utility automatically. Instead, I recommend running each process separately.
a. Launch the installer from a command-line. Here’s an example shell>msiexec /log c:\install.txt /i mysql-5.1.34-win32.msi
Note: You’ll need to change the name of the .msi file to match the name of the version that you’re installing. If you’re not used to working at the command-line, you’ll either need to change the directory to the location of the mysql installation file or specify the full path. For example, you may need to execute: msiexec /log c:\install.txt /i “c:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\mysql-5.1.34-win32.msi”
Continue through the wizard until you reach the final screen which says, “Wizard Completed” There’s a checkbox to “Configure the MySQL Server now”. Uncheck the box and select Finish.
When the install has finished, please check c:\documents and settings\all users\application data\mysql\mysql server 5.1\data . You should see a mysql and test directory.
Also, verify that files have been installed in c:\program files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1
You should have a bin, Docs and share folder.
b. Navigate to c:\program files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin and launch the MySQLInstanceConfig.exe from a command-line. Here’s an example.
shell>MySQLInstanceConfig.exe “-lC:\mysql_install_log.txt” “
I suggest launching it from a command-line so that you can pass the -l parameter, which will create an install log in case you need to troubleshoot the problem.
Step through the wizard. Make sure to remember the password that you assign in the wizard.
The install should complete successfully.
What if it didn’t work?
1. Check the service from the control panel. Is it running? If so, try to log into MySQL. I’ve seen instances where an error was received, but it completed successfully. If it’s not running, try to start it and please post the complete error message.
2. Check the error log. It’s in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\data It has an .err extension and you should be able to open it with notepad. Ignore any errors about the innodb plugin not loading. It’s a symptom, not the problem. Look for an error about missing data files or a mismatch in file sizes.
3. 1045 error? It should indicate Password: No or Password:yes. If “yes”, it’s not a port issue, not a firewall issue — it’s a password issue. It’s usually caused by not deleting out the data files from an old install. The password is kept in the data directory and it’s likely that the password you entered during the previous install doesn’t match what you’re entering now. You can either re-install after deleting all the files or try to reset your root password. (resetting root password: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/resetting-permissions.html )
4. Still stuck? In the instructions above, I specified c:\install.txt and c:\mysql_install_log.txt Please check those and post the contents.