Fix “No data was received to import…” in phpMyAdmin with IIS

I have Windows 2008 R2 VPS & already installed IIS v7.5, PHP & MySQL.

I move some of my websites to this new VPS & try to import MySQL database via phpMyAdmin. I was greeted with following error.

No data was received to import. Either no file name was submitted, or the file size exceeded the maximum size permitted by your PHP configuration. See FAQ 1.16.

FAQ 1.16 does not help because it only says that my upload database size is too big. I only try to import 5kb database way below the limit.

Further digging reveal that the problem caused by the temporary directory PHP uses for uploads. By default this is C:\Windows\Temp, which is not writable for PHP.

To solve this,

1. Edit “php.ini” file & change




2. Make sure to remove any other “upload_tmp_dir” settings.

3. Set permissions on “C:\inetpub\temp” so that IUSR and IIS_IUSRS have write permission.

4. Restart the web server (IIS)

4 comments… add one
  • Thank you,… Its working…

  • This is not working even i have changed upload_tmp_dir=”C:\inetpub\temp”

    • Have you do step no 3 & 4.

      • yes i did step 3 and 4….but couldnt resolve this problem


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