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How to Install MinGW on Windows 10

Hello! We usually work with many applications in Windows 10. However, some applications are more delicate than others. For example, native applications. Indeed, these cannot be managed in the traditional way. Since they must be worked with an application called Minimalist GNU for Windows or MinGW. Which in essence is a minimalist development environment for native applications of Windows systems. When installed, the system will have a set of open source programming tools. MinGW can be used to implement or develop native Windows applications. Well, in this post we will see how to install MinGW on Windows 10.

How to download and install MinGW on Windows 10

The first thing you have to do is download the installer from the official link. Then, run it like any other program and click on Install.

Installing MinGW
Installing MinGW

In the next screen there are several options. Such as installing the graphical interface, installing for certain users and adding shortcuts. Select as you like and press Continue

Set installation preferences.
Set installation preferences.

Immediately the download of the program will begin.

MinGW download process
MinGW download process

When the download is complete, the following will appear.

Press Continue
Press Continue

After pressing Continue, the MinGW graphic console will be displayed.

Graphic Console de MinGW.

Then click on each item to mark it for installation.

Check items for installation
Check items for installation

Please repeat the process until all items are marked.

Please check all items for installation
Please check all items for installation

Then click on the menu Installation and then on Apply changes.

Please apply the changes.
Please apply the changes.

Then a confirmation window will appear. Please click on Apply.

Then the download, extraction and installation of the elements will begin.

Adding MinGW to the environment variable

After installing MinGW it is ready to run. However, for convenience it is recommended to add the environment variables. With this intention, open this path in the file browser.

C:\MinGW\bin
Copy the address
Copy the address

From here on, you just have to follow the steps I give you in this post.

Testing the operation of MinGW.

After the previous steps, it’s time to run MinGW for the first time. With this intention, we will run a CMD with administrator privileges. With this intention, type CMD in the search bar and run it with administrator privileges.

Runs a CMD with administrator privileges
Runs a CMD with administrator privileges

In the terminal we will check the version of MinGW with the following command:

g++ --version

Finally, we have seen how to fully install MinGW on Windows 10 to manage native Windows 10 applications. I hope I have been clear enough. This is all for now. See you later!

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