How to upgrade XAMPP in Windows? Complete Solution.

I had to write this article cause I couldn’t find any complete solution to help people out with updating XAMPP in Windows. Well, finally here is an easy to understand, step by step guide to upgrade XAMPP that actually works. Kudos!

SOME MAJOR CHANGES!

If you are updating XAMPP after a long time like me than be ready for some major changes. XAMPP no longer comes with the MySQL server. Since XAMPP 5.5.30 and 5.6.14, XAMPP ships MariaDB instead of MySQL. So copy pasting the mysql data files from old to new xampp won’t work anymore!

THE CHALLENGES!

While updating XAMPP we basically face 2 challenges

  1. Moving all the site files. This portion is easy, just a simple copy paste will do the trick.

THE COMPLETE SOLUTION:

Follow the steps below and your XAMPP will be updated in no time!

BACKUP OLD DATA!

Lets backup all the databases first

  1. Open XAMPP Control Panel as an Administrator

TIME TO INSTALL THE NEW ONE!

  1. Download the latest version of XAMPP.

If you have followed my instructions then you should have a functioning XAMPP with no issues. If you do face any problem take a look at the comment section. Some amazing people shared their problems and solutions there. If you still have issues then please leave a comment and I will do my best to get back to you.

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