Install MySQL on Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012

  • Last updated on: 2016-06-29
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

This article provides instructions for installing MySQL on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 by using the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI). Web PI makes it simple to install a variety of applications to your Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 server.

Download Web PI

Download the most recent version of Web PI on your Windows Server from

Install MySQL

  1. Launch the Web PI application by running the wpilauncher.exe file that you downloaded in the preceding section.
  2. In the Web Platform Installer window, search for MySQL in the search box.
  3. Select MySQL Windows 5.1 (or current version), click Add, and then click Install to start the installation.

  4. Provide a password for the root account of the MySQL server.

  5. Review the licensing agreement and click I Accept.

    The MySQL Windows 5.1 application is downloaded and installed on your Windows Server 2008R2 and 2012 server.

  6. After the installation is completed, click Finish.

Note: You can launch MySQL by running the mysqld.exe command from the installation directory. By default this is set to C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.1\bin.

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