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I'm trying to compile a Perl source and I can't seem to find a version of nmake that works with Windows 7 64 bit. I've searched all over Microsoft's website and my Googlefu seems to be failing me. Can I use a different compiler- if so suggestions/resources? I'm a native Linux user so pardon my ignorance

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NMake is part of Microsoft's build tools for building C++ projects. You can get nmake as well as the MSVC++ compiler by downloading Visual C++ Express. Visual C++ Express runs perfectly fine on Windows 7.

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To get the 64 bit version of nmake (for Windows 7) you can also install the Windows SDK. It will install nmake.exe to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin on Windows 7 without prompting for an alternate directory.

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A version of nmake which is compatible with Windows 7 also comes with xampp: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html Or you can try here: http://johnbokma.com/perl/make-for-windows.html

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The x64 version of nmake.exe is located in the VC\bin\amd64 subdirectory. The 32-bit version of nmake.exe is located in VC\bin.

If you open up the Visual Studio x64 Command Prompt

VS2013 x64 Native Tools Command Prompt

the paths should be set up to find the x64 versions of tools. You can also type "where nmake.exe" to find the version you are looking for.

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