For MySQL 5.6, there are installation package formats to choose from when installing MySQL on Windows:
MySQL Installer: This package has a file
name similar to
and utilizes MSIs to automatically install MySQL server and
other products. It will download and apply updates to itself,
and for each of the installed products. It also configures the
additional non-server products.
The installed products are configurable, and this includes: documentation with samples and examples, connectors (such as C, C++, J, NET, and ODBC), MySQL Workbench, MySQL Notifier, MySQL for Excel, and the MySQL Server with its components.
MySQL Installer will run on all Windows platforms that are supported by MySQL (see http://www.mysql.com/support/supportedplatforms/database.html).
Because MySQL Installer is not a native component of Microsoft Windows and depends on .NET, it will not work on minimal installation options like the "Server Core" version of Windows Server 2008.
For instructions on installing MySQL using MySQL Installer, see Section 2.3.3, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer”.
The Noinstall Archive: This
package has a file name similar to
contains all the files found in the Complete install package,
with the exception of the GUI. This package does not include
an automated installer, and must be manually installed and
Your choice of install package affects the installation process you must follow. If you choose to use MySQL Installer, see Section 2.3.3, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer”. If you choose to install a Noinstall archive, see Section 2.3.5, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a noinstall Zip Archive”.