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Misleading error when installing without Visual C++ 2013 Runtime
Posted by: Michael Haertfelder
Date: July 25, 2017 04:48AM

Once again I wanted to install MySQL on another computer with Win7 64bit.

I downloaded the most recent *.zip archive of the community server and extracted it. Much to my surprise I could not start it. Even a simple "mysqld.exe -version" call was rejected with an error prompt:

"The application was unable to start correctly (0x000007b). Click OK to close application."

So what?

No further information was given. Even event log shows no hint.

After comprehensive investigations I found out that the
Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 64bit
was missing. After installation it works.

The MySQL error however is absolutely useless and misleading.

There should be a self-check at startup and a meaningful error message if the Visual C++ lib is not available on the current computer.

Michael Haertfelder

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