Setup AEON Wallet using Windows

Objective:
– Setup AEON Wallet from scratch
– First start of daemon (aeond)
– Sync to the Blockchain for the first time
– Start simplewallet

Requirements:
– Windows 7 or higher
– 12 GB RAM or enough HDD/SDD space to create a swap
– If you don’t have enough RAM and HDD/SDD space, check out Setup AEON Wallet using Windows (light)

Disclaimer:
– I am not a windows professional, some parts of this guide can be improved and be done in a more professional way.

 


 

Table of contents:
Step 1: Create a swapfile
Step 2: Download AEON Wallet
Step 3: First start of Aeond (daemon)
Step 4: First start of your AEON Wallet

 


 

Step 1: Create a swapfile

In case your system has below 12 GB RAM, you have to create a swapfile. A swapfile is kinda like RAM but uses your HDD/SDD storage instead to extend your physical RAM. If you have 12 GB RAM or above, you can skip this step.

We want at least 12 GB RAM/swap all in all to start the wallet and yet still have enough RAM to use our Windows.

In case your system has 8 GB RAM, make at least a 4GB swap.
(If your system has 4 GB RAM make a 8GB swap.)

Since there are more than enough guides on “how to create a swapfile in windows”, I wont explain it anymore. Please check google for “how to create a windows swapfile”.

 

Step 2: Download AEON Wallet

Go to https://github.com/aeonix/aeon/releases and download the newest AEON package. For this guide we use the binary AEON-0.9.12.0-WIN64.ZIP since it is the most user friendly way.

You will see two files:
– aeond.exe
– simplewallet.exe

Create a new folder on your computer with the name “aeon”. Copy those two files to “aeon”.

We are now ready to start the blockchain.

 

Step 3: First start of Aeond (daemon)

Please note that this step will take a lot time since it depends on your network connection. It will download around 8 GB to sync with the aeon network.

Start now aeond by double clicking aeond.exe

The daemon has now been started.

This means, that the daemon is now syncing with the blockchain.
527 -> 51707 [51180 blocks behind]
You will see how this number increases till it matches the total amount of blocks in the blockchain.
601 -> 839239 [838638 blocks behind]
Above line means that 601 of 839239 blocks have been synced. We need to reach 839239 -> 839239 and 0 days behind.

Ignore this message for now. Sometimes upon first start the daemon will show this message already before it is synced with the blockchain network.

At certain points, we will hit blockchain checkpoints. It shows us how far we are synced with the network.
White messages like “Some problems at write: Connection reset by peer:xxx” can be ignored and are only for information.

Wait till the blockchain is synced. You dont have to do anything yet.

Optional:
In case you need to really shutdown your system temporarily and take a break from syncing.
exit

This will save the blockchain data and shutdown the daemon. That way, your progress wont be lost upon next start of the daemon.

Later, once you want to continue, you can just start your aeond again as previously explained in Step 3: First start of Aeond.

 

Once the blockchain is synced, there will be a special checkpoint like this:

We successfully synced our daemon with the blockchain network. Now we want to save our blockchain. Just type “exit” and press enter.

exit

This will save the blockchain data and shutdown the daemon. That way, your progress won’t be lost upon next start of the daemon.
Wait till it finished saving the blockchain. This will take some time since it will write down around 4GB to your HDD/SDD. Once it is done, it will automatically close the command window.

Optional:

If its stuck like this and won’t go any further, close the command window and open a new one, no problem. Make sure you are already beyond the “Blockchain stored OK” message to not corrupt your blockchain data.

 

Step 4: First start of your AEON Wallet

Now that we synced the biggest part of the blockchain, we can start our wallet.

Start now your aeond.exe

Sit back and wait for the blockchain to be loaded. It takes some time since it will load around 8GB into your RAM. After the loading has been done, it will start to synchronize with the AEON network to be up to date again.

Once the messages “You are now synchronized with the network. You may now start simplewallet.” and “SYNCHRONIZED OK” appear, you are good to go to start simplewallet.

Start now simplewallet.exe by double clicking on it.

 

You just setup your own AEON Wallet. Congratulation and welcome to the world of AEON:)

For intructions on how to use the AEON wallet, click here.