I’ve installed MySQL server on Windows Vista and installed the MySQL GUI tools. I found a problem with the MySQL System Tray Monitor though – it seemed unable to stop, start or restart the MySQL service and would not allow me to save any changes I made to the MySQL instance configuration. Whenever I tried to stop the service through the system tray monitor I got the error ‘Could not stop service’.

The resolution I found was to run MySQL System Tray Monitor as Administrator – this way it has full control over the MySQL services and configuration. Problem solved!