VIVO Masternode Guide For Windows Users
We have also created a Video guide that will cover every step below. You can watch the video guide or scroll down below for the guide in written form with screenshots for every step. We do recommend ordering and having a VPS ready before following the guide. We recommend this VPS to most people, it is very cheap and reliable, plus it offers free DDOS protection. The guide below is done using a Windows VPS. We highly recommend using MN Checker, a script that will automatically check, maintain and maximize the healthy uptime of your masternode in case of any potential external network attacks. For support and questions about the script feel free to contact Christian Knuchel on the Vivo Discord.
On your desktop, create a Folder called VIVO.
Download the latest VIVO Windows Wallet version at https://github.com/vivocoin/vivo/releases. Click on vivo-0.12.1.7-win32.zip or vivo-0.12.1.7-win64.zip, depending on what version of Windows you have, to save it. If you are unsure, download vivo-0.12.1.7-win32.zip.
Check for the latest wallet release on the VIVO Github repository, and download the correct wallets accordingly.
Open and Run the VIVO wallet for the first time. You will be prompted to create your VIVO data directory in either the Default Directory or in a custom directory. This is where your VIVO Wallet data will be stored and it is important to know, since your Private Keys are there. Hit OK to proceed.
When the wallet opens, you will notice that the lower right hand corner has the number of peers actively connected to you through the VIVO network. In the lower left hand corner of the User Interface, you will see “Synchronizing with network” and other sync messages each time you open your VIVO Wallet. If there is a problem synchronizing, it may say “No Block Source Available” instead. If this happens, just close and re-open the wallet until it synchronizes. If the synchronizing appears to stall or the VIVO Wallet stops responding, then just close and re-open the wallet again.
Go to Tools -> Debug Console.
In the Console window enter getaccountaddress 0 and copy the result. This is your MASTERNODE DEPOSIT ADDRESS, where you will deposit the coins to create a masternode. Pay 1000 VIVO exactly into this address. No more, no less.
Go to Tools -> Open Wallet Configuration File. Open the file in Notepad. Then paste in the follwoing two lines.
In the Console Debug window enter masternode genkey and copy the result. This is your MASTERNODE PRIVKEY.
Go back to the config file in Notepad and paste your privkey after the equals sign of “masternodeprivkey=”. Now save and close the file.
Close the wallet by going to File -> Exit.
Open the VIVO Wallet again by running vivo-qt.exe. This is how you will always start the wallet going forward.
Go to Tools -> Debug Console. Enter masternode start. You will see the response “Masternode started successfully”. Congratulations, your masternode is now running.
Go to Settings -> Options. Click the Wallet tab. Check the box labelled “Show Masternodes Tab” and click OK.
Now click the Masternodes tab that is now visible. You should see your new masternode appear in the list with the status PRE_ENABLE.
This will change to ENABLED after a small amount of time. All masternodes need to be active for a certain amount of blocks before they are recognized by the network and eligible for rewards.
Now make sure to install & run sentinel for your VIVO Masternode. Follow this easy step-by-step guide: https://www.vivocrypto.com/vivo-technologies/masternodes/sentinel-guide/