IS there a step by step tutorial on how to join a monero pool to cpu mine? I just installed the monero desktop client for windows.

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The official monero client only supports solo mining as far as I know. You will need to download a different CPU miner for monero to connect to a pool. xmr-stak-cpu is a good one. You can find that here: https://github.com/fireice-uk/xmr-stak-cpu

I've always used linux for cpu-miners and compiled it from source. It looks like there is a windows .exe file hosted there, but you still might need to install a c++11 compiler.

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