ZCash zcash4win problems starting up

The problem:
  • You are using Windows.
  • You are using http://zcash4win.com/ as your ZCash node / wallet.
  • For some reason, it doesn’t start up as it usually did, and instead gives you some weird message “daemon is taking longer than expected to start”
  • Make sure you’re using the latest version from http://zcash4win.com/. This will usually solve it.
  • Otherwise, edit the file zcash.conf as explained in: https://forum.z.cash/t/required-config-change-for-zcash4win-1-0-12/26632

Ethereum Wallet and geth

Windows 10, 64-bit:


  • Download Geth from https://geth.ethereum.org/downloads/. Probably okay to download the 64-bit “Archive” (later unzip and move the geth.exe into Program Files\Geth\ instead of the older one). Note: The “Installer” file may be deemed suspicious by Anti-virus programs…
  • Run certutil -hashfile __path_to_file__ MD5 to compare to MD5 in website.

Ethereum Wallet:

  • Download Ethereum-Wallet-installer-*.exe from https://github.com/ethereum/mist/releases/.
  • Run certutil -hashfile __path_to_file__ SHA256 to compare to SHA256 in website.
  • Run the installer. IMPORTANT: It may suggest to place the blockchain data in: C:\Users\___your_user_name___\AppData\Roaming\Ethereum. Here you may change it to D:\Ethereum instead, if you prefer an external drive.
  • Optional (recommended): Shortcut with --syncmode "light". In fact, the “Target” in the shortcut can be something like: "C:\Program Files\Ethereum-Wallet\Ethereum Wallet.exe" --node-syncmode "light" --node-datadir="D:\Ethereum"
  • Note: No need to run both geth and wallet. Just run the wallet, it will invoke the proper geth.