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    How to completely ouninstall MySQL (sorry if off-topic :/ )

    While I'm waiting for my login probs at the Oracle/MySQL forum to resolve, I thought maybe folks here could help me...

    I had 64-bit MySQL server & ODBC connector installed on my laptop (Win7 Professional, Service Pack 1) but when I tried VBA-ing into my test MySQL db via ODBC, I kept getting gnarly runtime errors - I don't remember the exact error number but google said this is a bitness mismatch: I am using 32-bit versions of Access and Excel.

    Since I hadn't built anything except a dinky test db with MySQL yet, I took the ignorant step of just deleting all MySQL-named folders and subfolders from both Program Files and Program Files x86, then downloaded the 32-bit version of MySQL 5.7 community server for Windows. The setup wizard didn't give any error messages while it was running; the machine had full internet connectivity and all, but when I Search for "MySQL" on my machine all I get is the folder for the installer and the "Notifier" (whose purpose I don't understand :/ ).

    Considering the clumsy krap I've already done, is there, from here, a way to actually scrub - the way a full-on deinstaller would - the system of all traces of the former, 64-bit MySQL installation so that the next time I try installing the 32-bit one it'll actually work?

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    Re: How to completely ouninstall MySQL (sorry if off-topic :/ )

    See if your system has a restore point from before you deleted everything. If so, restore it, then UNINSTALL MySQL through Control Panel's Programs and Features section.

    Otherwise, you may need to reinstall Windows and all your application software AFTER backing up all your personal files.

    At the very least, this should be a learning opportunity: NEVER just delete anything under C:\Program Files or C:\Windows. FWIW, I learned a similar lesson the hard way by deleting various BagsMRU values from the Windows registry years ago.

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    Re: How to completely ouninstall MySQL (sorry if off-topic :/ )

    Thank you hringrv - obviously I've not done much Windows administrating :/

    However, I dodged a bullet - I was able to run what was left of the uninstaller and successfully downloaded & installed a 32-bit MySQL instance. (Which is now complaining that its host OS is 64-bit, but.. that's what I was looking for.

    I promise to use just the Uninstall feature from now on.

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    Re: How to completely ouninstall MySQL (sorry if off-topic :/ )

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