(Big picture: small WinLAN; a client wants to use an app that sits on top of MySQL, so I install MySQL and their app on their Win2K server and go away. Time passes....)
Okay, they are now ready to use their app, and don't know the MySQL passwords. I can't find my notes either, so I go to their server, remove their app, remove MySQL, re-install MySQL -and it won't run, complaining that it can't find the hosts files.
Now, I deleted both the MySQL directory and the data directory, so why doesn't the MySQL installer re-install the virgin hosts database with only the 'root' user?
Of course it's operator error. The operator doesn't see it, though! You guys use MySQL (one big reason we chose DH for our hosting; we will move our server stuff to DH Real Soon Now), maybe someone sees my mistake. Thanks!