How to start the MySQL server if it isn’t running
The server must be running to use it, which is usually done automatically.
MySQL server was installed
Opening Services on Windows versions after Win XP:
Start task manager / Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc / Right click Start menu bar
Select the Services menu option
Click Services on the bottom right corner
Opening Services on Win XP:
Click Start menu
Right click “My Computer”
Click “Services and Applications”
Starting the Service:
Locate your MySQL service
Right click the services
To start the server from the command line:
Navigate to the MySQL ‘bin’ directory, such as by typing:
cd "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6\bin"
to start the server. This starts the daemon, which is a background process.