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1.3.2 Installation Workflow with MySQL Installer

MySQL Installer provides a wizard-like tool to install and configure new MySQL products for Windows. Unlike the initial setup, which runs only once, MySQL Installer invokes the wizard each time you download or install a new product. For first-time installations, the steps of the initial setup proceed directly into the steps of the installation.


Full permissions are granted to the user executing MySQL Installer to all generated files, such as my.ini. This does not apply to files and directories for specific products, such as the MySQL server data directory in %ProgramData% that is owned by SYSTEM.

Products installed and configured on a host follow a general pattern that might require your input during the various steps. MySQL Installer loads all selected products together using the following workflow:

  • Product download. If you installed the full (not web) MySQL Installer package, all MSI files were loaded to the Product Cache folder during the initial setup and are not downloaded again. Otherwise, the status of each product changes from Downloading to Downloaded.

  • Product installation. The status of each product in the list changes from Ready to Install to Installing to Complete. During the process, click Show Details to view the installation actions.

    If you cancel the installation at this point, the products are installed, but the server (if installed) is not yet configured. To restart the server configuration, open MySQL Installer from the Start menu and click the Reconfigure link next to the appropriate server in the dashboard.

  • Product configuration. This step applies to MySQL server and samples in most cases. The status for each item in the list should indicate, Ready to Configure. Click Next to begin the step-by-step configuration of all items in the list.

    The configuration options presented during this step depend on which version of the database you selected to install. After the installation completes, you can reconfigure MySQL server from the MySQL Installer dashboard.

  • Installation compete. This step finalizes the installation and enables you to start some applications when the installation finishes.

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