2.10.1 Choosing An Installation Package

For MySQL 5.0, there are three installation package formats to choose from when installing MySQL on Windows:

The Essentials package is recommended for most users. It is provided as an .msi file for use with the Windows Installer. The Complete and Noinstall distributions are packaged as Zip archives. To use them, you must have a tool that can unpack .zip files.

Your choice of install package affects the installation process you must follow. If you choose to install either an Essentials or Complete install package, see Section 2.10.2, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using an MSI Package”. If you choose to install a Noinstall archive, see Section 2.10.4, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a noinstall Zip Archive”.