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How to remove data and passwords from prior MySQL installations

Introduction:

The previous password and all the data must be removed if the password was forgotten.

Requirements:

MySQL server was installed, and then removed.

Procedure:

First, you must find the location of the files to delete.

Method 1 of finding the files:

Start the MySQL Installer, may navigate through all programs

When installing, you may notice the location where the data was stored. While on the Installation tab, “Show Details >” and scroll up to see the installation directory.

Method 2 of finding the files:

Open Windows Explorer to browse to a directory.

Type in the Address %appdata% or %programfiles%

Removing the Data:

Uninstall MySQL Server.

Delete the folders that contained MySQL.

Open Command line in admin mode.

Open the start menu > All programs > Accessories > Right click Command Prompt > Open in admin mode

Use the cd.. and cd FOLDER_NAME commands to navigate to the folder to delete

Use the del /s MySQL command to delete the data and everything in it.

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