[SOLVED] Installing MySQL and checking root password fails?


I recently uninstalled and reinstalled MySQL (on Windows 7) using the installer. When I try to set up the MySQL Server, it won’t let me continue unless I enter the “current” root password??? I don’t understand how there can be a current root password if I completely uninstalled and reinstalled the program.

I’ve tried with a blank password as well as every password I can possibly think of that I would have used and nothing works. Google is completely unhelpful as every result I’ve found either refers to a “homebrew” installation, whatever that is, or refers to installations on Linux. Is there some folder of config files that the uninstallation refuses to delete that I need to remove manually? Or am I missing something else?

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After uninstallation process, please check following directories if it exists and remove:

  • C:\Program Files\MySQL
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\MySQL
  • C:\ProgramData\MySQL
  • C:\Users[User-Name]\AppData\Roaming\MySQL

PS: Please keep in mind that If you have multiple MySql Instances installed on your workstation, you need to go into each directory and delete only the relevant instance.

Answered By – Derviş Kayımbaşıoğlu

Answer Checked By – Jay B. (BugsFixing Admin)

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