2.3.2 Choosing An Installation Package

For MySQL 5.5, there are installation package formats to choose from when installing MySQL on Windows:

Note

MySQL Installer and the "Complete Package" methods for installing MySQL are similar, but different. The MySQL Installer is the newer and more advanced option, and it includes all functionality found within the "Complete Package."

MySQL Installer is recommended for most users. Both MySQL Installer and the alternative "Complete distribution" versions are available as .msi files for use with installations on Windows. The Noinstall distribution is packaged as a Zip archive. To use a Zip archive, 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 using MySQL Installer, see Section 2.3.3, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer”. If you choose to install a standard MSI package, see Section 2.3.5, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using an MSI Package”. If you choose to install a Noinstall archive, see Section 2.3.7, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a noinstall Zip Archive”.