How do I build Vim from the sources on a MS-Windows system?

For a MS-Windows system, Vim can be built using either the Visual C++ compiler or the Borland C++ compiler or the Ming GCC compiler or the cygwin gcc compiler. Follow these steps to build Vim from the sources for MS-Windows: - Download the source (, runtime ( and the extra (vim-##-extra.tar.gz) archives from the directory. - Extract the archives into a directory (for example, c:\vimsrc) - Alternatively, download the source from the git repository: - Alternatively, download the source from the mercurial repository: - Depending on the installed compiler, you can use the corresponding makefile to build the Vim sources. For Visual C++ use the Make_mvc.mak makefile, for borland C++ use the Make_bc5.mak makefile, for ming GCC use the Make_ming.mak makefile, for cygwin gcc use the Make_cyg.mak makefile. Depending on whether you want to build the GUI version of Vim or the console version of Vim, you have to pass different arguments to the makefiles. After successfully building the sources, you can copy the vim.exe or gvim.exe file to the desired directory along with the files from the runtime archive.

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