re-setting root password for MYSQL win 2003

Sarath ER sarath at
Tue Jun 7 01:46:39 GMT 2005

John Andrews wrote:

>in order to access the MYSQL control centre and MYSQL administrator I
>need to be able to re-set the root userpassword, can someone please
>advise on how this is done in win2003 server
>admin tools/computer management/ local users and groups  does not
>disclose the MYSQL root user 
>see print screen.
This is the wrong place to ask for a windows qn. Anyways here it is.

The procedure under Windows:


      Log on to your system as Administrator.


      Stop the MySQL server if it is running. For a server that is
      running as a Windows service, go to the Services manager:

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services

      Then find the MySQL service in the list, and stop it.

      If your server is not running as a service, you may need to use
      the Task Manager to force it to stop.


      Create a text file and place the following command within it on a
      single line:

SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('MyNewPassword');

      Save the file with any name. For this example the file will be


      Open a console window to get to the DOS command prompt:

Start Menu -> Run -> cmd


      We are assuming that you installed MySQL to |C:\mysql|. If you
      installed MySQL to another location, adjust the following commands

      At the DOS command prompt, execute this command:

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt --init-file=C:\mysql-init.txt

      The contents of the file named by the |--init-file| option are
      executed at server startup, changing the |root| password. After
      the server has started successfully, you should delete

      Users of MySQL 4.1 and higher who install MySQL using the MySQL
      Installation Wizard may need to specify a |--defaults-file| option:

C:\> C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\bin\mysqld-nt.exe
         --defaults-file="C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\my.ini"

      The appropriate |--defaults-file| setting can be found using the
      Services Manager:

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services

      Find the MySQL service in the list, right-click on it, and choose
      the |Properties| option. The |Path to executable| field contains
      the |--defaults-file| setting.


      Stop the MySQL server, then restart it in normal mode again. If
      you run the server as a service, start it from the Windows
      Services window. If you start the server manually, use whatever
      command you normally use.


      You should be able to connect using the new password.

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