This section lists some of the steps you should take when upgrading MySQL on Windows.
Review Section 2.11.1, “Upgrading MySQL”, for additional information on upgrading MySQL that is not specific to Windows.
You should always back up your current MySQL installation before performing an upgrade. See Section 6.2, “Database Backup Methods”.
Download the latest Windows distribution of MySQL from http://dev.mysql.com.
Before upgrading MySQL, you must stop the server. If the server is installed as a service, stop the service with the following command from the command prompt:
NET STOP MySQL
If you are not running the MySQL server as a service, use the following command to stop it:
C:\mysql\bin\mysqladmin -u root shutdown
If the MySQL
root user account has a
password, you need to invoke mysqladmin
-p option and supply the
password when prompted.
Before upgrading to MySQL 4.1.5 or higher from a previous version, or from a version of MySQL installed from a Zip archive to a version of MySQL installed with the MySQL Installation Wizard, you must first manually remove the previous installation and MySQL service (if the server is installed as a service).
To remove the MySQL service, use the following command:
If you do not remove the existing service, the MySQL Installation Wizard may fail to properly install the new MySQL service.
If you are using the MySQL Installation Wizard, start the wizard as described in Section 2.3.3, “Using the MySQL Installation Wizard”.
If you are installing MySQL from a Zip archive, extract the
archive. You may either overwrite your existing MySQL
installation (usually located at
C:\mysql), or install it into a
different directory, such as
Overwriting the existing installation is recommended.
If you were running MySQL as a Windows service and you had to remove the service earlier in this procedure, reinstall the service. (See Section 2.3.11, “Starting MySQL as a Windows Service”.)
Restart the server. For example, use NET START MySQL if you run MySQL as a service, or invoke mysqld directly otherwise.
If you encounter errors, see Section 2.3.13, “Troubleshooting a MySQL Installation Under Windows”.