The MySQL Installation Wizard can perform server upgrades automatically using the upgrade capabilities of MSI. That means you do not need to remove a previous installation manually before installing a new release. The installer automatically shuts down and removes the previous MySQL service before installing the new version.
If you selected the server installation folder as the destination folder for your server data files during the previous installation, move or back up your data folder before beginning the upgrade on Windows. The Installation Wizard overwrites the data folder during the upgrade. Using the installation folder for data files is not recommended.
Automatic upgrades are available only when upgrading between installations that have the same major and minor version numbers. For example, you can upgrade automatically from MySQL 5.5.5 to MySQL 5.5.6, but not from MySQL 5.1 to MySQL 5.5.