I found this link which described precisely my situation and these steps allowed me to re-install MySQL and create a new root password
What needed to be done was to first uninstall MySQL through Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel. When I first had this problem I assumed this ...
It's possible re-initialize the data directory to produce an empty MySQL instance. Here is the documentation describing the process: https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/data-directory-initialization.html .
It tells the command to perform is:
bin\mysqld --initialize --console
or the following if you want to connect as root without password:
Even in this day and age, Windows is still reliant on the good, old-fashioned DOS PATH environment variable for finding dynamically linked libraries (DLLs).
It is possible that the 64-bit installation has altered the PATH variable (usually to insert its own location at the start of the "list"). This means that the 32-bit application, while searching ...