I installed Apache/PHP/MySQL manually about 3 years ago on my system (Windows XP Home on a laptop).
Apache and PHP are running fine but I have no clue on how to use MySQL. I remember having installed it and setting a root password, but I lost the password.
I need help figuring out what to do with the MySQL on my system. I see it running as a Service in "Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services" as "MySQL". I also have this "winmysqladmin.exe" in c:\mysql\bin folder which runs on my System Tray as a stoplight icon.
In the mysql.com documentation it says to stop the service through the command prompt.
I want to know how to "start over" with my installs. Apache and PHP run fine so I don't want to mess with that, but MySQL, I don't know how to use it or even know how its running.
I just want to use WordPress and Joomla locally for developing my website on my home machine.
I would like to install XAMPP but I don't want to conflict with my current install and all I really need is help figuring out how to fix or see if MySQL is working.
What do I do?
Please help me!