Installing MySQL on a Windows PC Support

In this article we are going to look at installing MySQL on a Windows PC. MySQL is a widely used database system, for both Windows and Linux, and offers much more power than a desktop database such as Microsoft Access!


Since it can cope with a large number of concurrent users it's used on a huge number of Internet sites.


As MySql is so popular, and well supported both by Dreamweaver and hosting companies, it's ideal to grab for your home PC and experiment with. In this article we'll be seeing how to install and start MySQL, set up some basic administration and then back-up a database. We'll finish up by having a quick look at some of the tools available for administering MySQL.

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Gareth Downes-Powell

Gareth Downes-PowellGareth has a range of skills, covering many computer and internet related subjects. He is proficient in many different languages including ASP and PHP, and is responsible for the setup and maintenance of both Windows and Linux servers on a daily basis.

In his daily web development work he uses the complete range of Macromedia software, including Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX and Director to build a number of websites and applications. Gareth has a close relationship with Macromedia, and as a member of Team Macromedia Dreamweaver, he has worked closely in the development of Dreamweaver, and was a beta tester for Dreamweaver MX.

On a daily basis he provides support for users in the Macromedia forums, answering questions and providing help on a range of different web related subjects. He has also written a number of free and commercial extensions for Dreamweaver MX, to further extend its capabilities using its native JavaScript API’s or C++.

As a web host, Gareth has worked with a range of different servers and operating systems, with the Linux OS as his personal favourite. Most of his development work is done using a combination of Linux, Apache and MySQL and he has written extensively about setting up this type of system, and also running Apache and MySQL under Windows.

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