The content of the security options portion of the MySQL Server Instance Configuration Wizard will depend on whether this is a new installation, or modifying an existing installation.
Setting the root password for a new installation
It is strongly recommended that you set a
rootpassword for your MySQL server, and the MySQL Server Instance Config Wizard requires by default that you do so. If you do not wish to set a
rootpassword, uncheck the box next to the option.Note
If you have previously installed MySQL, but not deleted the data directory associated with the previous installation, you may be prompted to provide the current root password. The password will be the one configured with your old data directory. If you do not want to use this data, or do not know the root password, you should cancel the installation, delete the previous installation data, and then restart the installation process. For more information on deleting MySQL data on Microsoft Windows, see Section 1.4.3, “Removing MySQL When Installed from the MSI Package”.
To set the
rootpassword, enter the desired password into both the and boxes.
Setting the root password for an existing installation
If you are modifying the configuration of an existing configuration, or you are installing an upgrade and the MySQL Server Instance Configuration Wizard has detected an existing MySQL system, then you must enter the existing password for
rootbefore changing the configuration information.
If you want to change the current
rootpassword, enter the desired new password into both the and boxes.
root logins from across the network,
check the box next to the option. This decreases the security
To create an anonymous user account, check the box next to theoption. Creating an anonymous account can decrease server security and cause login and permission difficulties. For this reason, it is not recommended.