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Failed install, specified password for user account 'root' is not valid (4 posts)

  1. Christine Gruettke
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello there

    This is a request for help from someone who is not really savvy in the arena of software installation other than click-and-launch and has found it rather frustrating to unravel for a first-time user.

    I downloaded WP (3.4.2)and the Microsoft platform installer (4.0) and am trying to install it on an old machine that still runs XP3 in a webhost-independent setup (everyone I know tells me that it's a simple click-and-launch affair to get WordPress to run, yet for some reason not on my machine). Launching the installer, I was prompted at some stage for a password and put one in, only to be thrown out of the install at the end with the message that the specified password for the user account 'root' is not valid or failed to connect to the database server. This seems to be a common issue, yet the responses I have seen on the forum go way over my head as I am not a programmer.

    So I figure I have to go somewhere else to first set up a user profile with the same password and have no idea where. Nor can I start from scratch to get another chance at looking at the password screen to get a clue of what to do differently, or where.

    Would someone please be so kind as to help me out here? That would be sooooo much appreciated.

    Many thanks and kind regards
    Christine

  2. JungleSpace.net
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Most of the guys here are more comfortable installing WordPress on XAMPP.

    http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

    Though if it is a database issue, you might look somewhere along the lines of SQL Server Express which should be installed when you use the Microsoft Web Platform Installer.

  3. (everyone I know tells me that it's a simple click-and-launch affair to get WordPress to run, yet for some reason not on my machine).

    It is if you already have a web server set up.

    If you are installing on your local machine, you basically have to install a web server first.

  4. Christine Gruettke
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Andrea and JungleSpace

    Thanks for your replies. Guess I now have to figure out how to install a web server.

    I'll come back to the forum if I get stuck or lost again.

    :-)
    Christine

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