On Windows, use the following procedure to reset the
password for the MySQL
account. To change the password for a
root account with a different host name
part, modify the instructions to use that host name.
Log on to your system as Administrator.
Stop the MySQL server if it is running. For a server that is running as a Windows service, go to the Services manager: From the Start menu, select Control Panel, then Administrative Tools, then Services. Find the MySQL service in the list and stop it.
If your server is not running as a service, you may need to use the Task Manager to force it to stop.
Create a text file containing the following statement on a single line. Replace the password with the password that you want to use.
SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPass');
Save the file. This example names the file
Open a console window to get to the command prompt: From the Start menu, select Run, then enter cmd as the command to be run.
Start the MySQL server with the special
(notice that the backslash in the option value is
cd "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin"C:\>
If you installed MySQL to a different location, adjust the cd command accordingly.
The server executes the contents of the file named by
--init-file option at
startup, changing the
'root'@'localhost' account password.
To have server output to appear in the console window
rather than in a log file, add the
--console option to the
If you installed MySQL using the MySQL Installation
Wizard, you may need to specify a
--defaults-file="C:\\Program Files\\MySQL\\MySQL Server 5.1\\my.ini"
can be found using the Services Manager: From the
Start menu, select
Control Panel, then
Administrative Tools, then
Services. Find the MySQL
service in the list, right-click it, and choose the
Properties option. The
to executable field contains the
After the server has started successfully, delete
You should now be able to connect to the MySQL server as
root using the new password. Stop the
MySQL server and restart it normally. If you run the server
as a service, start it from the Windows Services window. If
you start the server manually, use whatever command you