I am following the Windows Guide here to compile from Source: https://github.com/monero-project/monero

When I enter the command: make release-static-win64

I get the following error:

> spencer@aleph4 MINGW64 /c/Users/Spencer/Monero
> #  make release-static-win64 mkdir -p build/release cd build/release && cmake -G "MSYS Makefiles" -D STATIC=ON -D ARCH="x86-64" -D
> BUILD_64=ON -D CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -D BUILD_TAG="win-x64" -D
> CMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=../../cmake/64-bit-toolchain.cmake -D
> MSYS2_FOLDER=c:/msys64 ../.. && make CMake Error: Error: generator :
> MSYS Makefiles Does not match the generator used previously: NMake
> Makefiles Either remove the CMakeCache.txt file and CMakeFiles
> directory or choose a different binary directory. make: ***
> [Makefile:111: release-static-win64] Error 1
> spencer@aleph4 MINGW64 /c/Users/Spencer/Monero
> #
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    really why will D:\Users\...\monero\build\zzzrelease work same? Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 13:49

1 Answer 1


To solve this, rename the directory


e.g. to


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