Change root MySQL password in Windows/Plesk

Published on: March 5, 2014
Difficulty: Very Hard

This article covers how to change root mysql password in Windows/Plesk.

Step 1.  Go to C:\Program Files\Parallels\Plesk\Databases\MySQL\Data\my.ini  and add the following line at the top:


(this will let you access MySQL with no password)


Step 2.  Restart MySQL


Step 3.  Open CMD and change to the directory   C:\Program Files\Parallels\Plesk\Databases\MySQL\bin\


Step 4. Go into the MySQL command utility, (notice you are not using a password):

mysql -u root mysql


Step 5. Change the password using these two  commands

mysql>  UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD(‘New_Pass_Word’) WHERE User=’root’;


(New_Pass_Word  is the new password you would like to use )

(if the root user doesn’t work when updating the password in Plesk try changing the user from ‘root’ to ‘admin’ in the command above)


Step 6. Restart mysql


Step 7. Go into Plesk and update the MySQL password to the changed


Step 8. Remove the line ‘skip-grant-tables’ from the my.ini file and restart mysql

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