There are two approaches for upgrading MySQL on Windows:
Using MySQL Installer
Using the Windows ZIP archive distribution
The approach you select depends on how the existing installation was performed. Before proceeding, review Section 2.11.1, “Upgrading MySQL” for additional information on upgrading MySQL that is not specific to Windows.
Upgrades between milestone releases (or from a milestone release to a GA release) are not supported. Significant development changes take place in milestone releases and you may encounter compatibility issues or problems starting the server. For instructions on how to perform a logical upgrade with a milestone release, see Logical Upgrade.
Performing an upgrade with MySQL Installer is the best approach when the current server installation was performed with it and the upgrade is within the current release series. MySQL Installer does not support upgrades between release series, such as from 5.1 to 5.5, and it does not provide an upgrade indicator to prompt you to upgrade. For instruction on upgrading between release series, see Upgrading MySQL Using the Windows ZIP Distribution.
To perform an upgrade using MySQL Installer:
Start MySQL Installer.
From the dashboard, click Catalog to download the latest changes to the catalog. The installed server can be upgraded only if the dashboard displays an arrow next to the version number of the server.
Click Upgrade. All products that have newer versions will appear in a list.Note
For server milestone releases in the same release series, MySQL Installer deselects the server upgrade and displays a warning to indicate that the upgrade is not supported, identifies the risks of continuing, and provides a summary of the steps to perform a logical upgrade manually. You can reselect server upgrade and proceed at your own risk.
Deselect all but the MySQL server product, unless you intend to upgrade other products at this time, and click.
Clickto start the download. When the download finishes, click to apply the updates.
Configure the server.
MySQL Workbench 6.3 is the last Workbench version to fully support MySQL Server 5.5.
To perform an upgrade using the Windows ZIP archive distribution:
Always back up your current MySQL installation before performing an upgrade. See Section 7.2, “Database Backup Methods”.
Download the latest Windows distribution of MySQL from https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/.
Before upgrading MySQL, stop the server. If the server is installed as a service, stop the service with the following command from the command prompt:
C:\> NET STOP MySQL
C:\> "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin\mysqladmin" -u root shutdownNote
If the MySQL
rootuser account has a password, invoke mysqladmin with the
-poption and enter the password when prompted.
Before upgrading to MySQL 5.5 from a version previous to 4.1.5, 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:
C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqld --remove
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 18.104.22.168, “Using the MySQL Installation Wizard”.
If you are upgrading 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
C:\mysql5. Overwriting the existing installation is recommended. However, for upgrades (as opposed to installing for the first time), you must remove the data directory from your existing MySQL installation to avoid replacing your current data files. To do so, follow these steps:
Unzip the ZIP archive in some location other than your current MySQL installation
Remove the data directory
Move the data directory from the current MySQL installation to the location of the just-removed data directory
Remove the current MySQL installation
Move the unzipped installation to the location of the just-removed installation
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 22.214.171.124, “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.
As Administrator, run mysql_upgrade to check your tables, attempt to repair them if necessary, and update your grant tables if they have changed so that you can take advantage of any new capabilities. See Section 4.4.7, “mysql_upgrade — Check and Upgrade MySQL Tables”.
If you encounter errors, see Section 2.3.8, “Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows MySQL Server Installation”.