Mining Monero with XMR-Stak on Windows

Mining Monero with XMR-Stak on Windows

Mining Monero on Windows can be easily and quickly done using a single miner, XMR-Stak.

In addition to Monero, XMR-Stak can be used to mine Aeon, Electroneum, Intense, or Sumokoin cryptocurrency using CPU as well as AMD and NVIDIA graphic cards.

In this guide I’m going to assume you already have your Monero mining rig built with Windows already installed and are ready to start mining for Monero in 3 simple steps!

Mining Monero on Windows 10

If you don’t already have a Monero wallet, check out our guide: How to create a Monero wallet.

  1. First download the XMR-Stak miner by going to and download the latest file.
  2. Extract the .ZIP file to somewhere on your computer. In this case I’m extracting it to my root C: drive. Then run xmr-stak.exe
    monero mining xmr folder
  3. Your first time running xmr-stak.exe you will be asked a couple of questions to configure the miner. These settings will depend on which Monero mining pool you use so answer appropriately. Once the last question has been answered the settings will be saved in config.txt and XMR-Stak miner will automatically start mining Monero!
    monero mining xmr-stak configure

That’s it, in 3 simple steps you are now mining Monero on Windows!

If you have any Monero mining tips or tweaks please share them in the comments below.

How to mine Monero using CPU only

I received a question on Reddit from /u/SkynetGenisys on how to use XMR-Stak using only CPU. Below are the steps to quickly disable GPU mining when using XMR-Stak miner!

  1. First, right click on the XMR-Stak.exe application and click on Create shortcut.
    xmr-stak shortcut
  2. Now right click on the new XMR-Stak shortcut and select Properties.
  3. Then in the Target box type the following at the end and click on OK:
    --noAMD --noNVIDIA
    xmr-stak switches

That’s it! Now when you run the XMR-Stak using your newly created shortcut, XMR-Stak will no longer try to mine using GPUs.

xmr-stak no GPU

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