How to determine if your computer has MySQL server software installed

  • Go to a command prompt (DOS prompt).
  • The steps taken to get the command prompt are slightly different, depending on what version of Windows you’re running:
  • For Windows 7 – click the Start menu
    • The cursor should be flashing in the search box, right above the Start menu.
    • Type command, you will see a list of files containing that word (command).
    • You should see Command Prompt near the top of the list, click on Command Prompt.
  • For XP – click on the Start menu, then click Run.
    • That will open a box named Run.
    • Where the box says Open, type cmd.
    • Click OK.
    • You should now have a black window, named Command Prompt, with a flashing cursor.
  • Type mysql and hit Enter.
  • If MySQL is installed, you will get a message: “Welcome to the MySQL monitor”.  See screen shot below:



  • If MySQL is not installed, you will get a message: MySQL is not recognized as an internal or external command.
  • Remember, you need to check all the computers. Frequently, the server is installed on a different computer.


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