On Windows NT-based platforms, the MySQL server can be installed as a Windows service. When installed this way, the MySQL server can be started automatically during system startup, and even restarted automatically by Windows in the event of a service failure.
The MySQL Configuration Wizard installs the MySQL server as a
service by default, using the service name
MySQL. If you do not wish to install the
service, un-check the box next to the Install As
Windows Service option. You can change the
service name by picking a new service name from the drop-down
box provided or by typing a new service name into the
To install the MySQL server as a service but not have it started automatically at startup, un-check the box next to the Launch the MySQL Server automatically option.