I am running monero.win.x64.v0-10-0-0 on windows 10. I am trying to restore a wallet with a seed but do not know how to do it. When I open monero-wallet-cli after monerorod synchronizes it asks for a wallet name straight away then generates a new wallet. Can someone tell me how I go about restoring my wallet please?

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You have to launch monero-wallet-cli from the terminal (on Linux and mac OS X) or from the command prompt (on Windows) with the --restore-deterministic-wallet flag. Thus:

For Mac and Linux:

./monero-wallet-cli --restore-deterministic-wallet

Make sure the terminal is opened in the same directory as monero-wallet-cli is located in.

On Windows make sure to launch it from the command line. Go to the folder monero-cli-wallet is located and make sure your cursor isn't located on any of the files. Subsequently do SHIFT + right click and it will give you an option to "Open command window here". Lastly, type the following command:

monero-wallet-cli.exe --restore-deterministic-wallet

For all operating systems it will first ask you for a new wallet name and password. Subsequently, you have to enter the 25 word mnemonic seed. Lastly, enter refresh into monero-wallet-cli.

P.S. Note that simplewallet was renamed to monero-wallet-cli in v0.10.0.

  • Great, It was not working before because I was not adding the .exe. Thanks a lot.
    – mesbest
    Oct 13, 2016 at 18:28

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