Edit: This article is now outdated. Please use this article instead: Guide To Mining Monero On Windows 10.
Mining Monero on Windows 10 is as easy as downloading a zip file, extracting it and then editing one configuration file.
- Go to https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak-cpu/releases and download the latest release, which at the time of writing this is https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak-cpu/releases/download/v1.3.0-1.5.0/xmr-stak-cpu-win64.zip
- Extract the files and run xmr-stak-cpu. It will provide you with text that you need to add to the config.txt file. An example:
- While in config.txt edit the following fields with your pool information and save. I recommend https://supportxmr.com/#/help/getting_started
"pool_address" : "", "wallet_address" : "", "pool_password" : "",
- Now simply run xmr-stak-cpu again and you should be good to go.
If you run into any errors regarding memory please following the instructions under Large Page Support:
/* * LARGE PAGE SUPPORT * Lare pages need a properly set up OS. It can be difficult if you are not used to systems administation, * but the performace results are worth the trouble - you will get around 20% boost. Slow memory mode is * meant as a backup, you won't get stellar results there. If you are running into trouble, especially * on Windows, please read the common issues in the README. * * By default we will try to allocate large pages. This means you need to "Run As Administrator" on Windows. * You need to edit your system's group policies to enable locking large pages. Here are the steps from MSDN * * 1. On the Start menu, click Run. In the Open box, type gpedit.msc. * 2. On the Local Group Policy Editor console, expand Computer Configuration, and then expand Windows Settings. * 3. Expand Security Settings, and then expand Local Policies. * 4. Select the User Rights Assignment folder. * 5. The policies will be displayed in the details pane. * 6. In the pane, double-click Lock pages in memory. * 7. In the Local Security Setting – Lock pages in memory dialog box, click Add User or Group. * 8. In the Select Users, Service Accounts, or Groups dialog box, add an account that you will run the miner on * 9. Reboot for change to take effect. * * Windows also tends to fragment memory a lot. If you are running on a system with 4-8GB of RAM you might need * to switch off all the auto-start applications and reboot to have a large enough chunk of contiguous memory. * * On Linux you will need to configure large page support "sudo sysctl -w vm.nr_hugepages=128" and increase your * ulimit -l. To do do this you need to add following lines to /etc/security/limits.conf - "* soft memlock 262144" * and "* hard memlock 262144". You can also do it Windows-style and simply run-as-root, but this is NOT * recommended for security reasons. * * Memory locking means that the kernel can't swap out the page to disk - something that is unlikey to happen on a * command line system that isn't starved of memory. I haven't observed any difference on a CLI Linux system between * locked and unlocked memory. If that is your setup see option "no_mlck".
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