Thanks goes out to ‘quarters’ from the Nexus Slack for the providing the framework for the following guide.
Step 1. Download the Nexus wallet – Go to http://www.NexusEarth.com and pull down the Downloads tab across the top. Do not download your wallet from 3rd party websites. You may see two wallets available. If you have a choice, I recommend the LLD Wallet and will be using the Windows version of it throughout the rest of the tutorial. LLD is faster to load when starting up.
Choose your operating system and the download will immediately start.
Step 2. The file you will receive is called Nexus-Qt.zip. If you don’t have a way to open a .zip file, 7-Zip is a free program you can use. Once open you will see the files for installation. I prefer to copy these files out to a new folder I create specifically to use for the Nexus wallet. Visit the File Extract Tutorial if you need help with this.
Once you have the files extracted, click the .exe file to start the installation.
Step 3. You may be prompted to give permissions for the program. I typically will choose the ‘Private’ option. You may also need to give your computer permission to update here. If so, click ‘Yes.’
Step 4. Your wallet should open now. Your first challenge is downloading/syncing the entire Blockchain. If you have sent coins to your wallet already you will not see your coins until the blockchain download is complete. If the little yellow arrows in the bottom right are turning you are still downloading.
Step 5. Download the Bootstrap if desired – The bootstrap is simply the blockchain up to a certain point in the past. It downloads much more quickly than it syncs in the wallet. If you want to leave your wallet open and just let it sync it could take a very long time depending on your setup. If you want to try the bootstrap to speed things up, close your wallet first, then choose the Recent LLD Database from the Downloads tab on http://www.NexusEarth.com.
Step 6. Extract the Bootstrap file – The file will download as ‘recent.zip’. Open up the .zip file and inside you will see three folders and two files. Copy them all and paste them into your Nexus application folder, which should be in:
(Replace UserName with your user name)
It is possible the AppData folder is hidden. If so, you will need to do a search for how to unhide hidden folders based on your operating system. When you paste the folders and files, it will ask you if you want to replace the ones already there. Choose to replace them all.
Step 7. Reopen the wallet – With the bootstrap applied it should not take more than an hour to complete the syncing process. When the yellow arrow stops spinning and a green check mark replaces it, you know the blockchain is complete.
Step 8. Encrypt your wallet – It is very important to encrypt your wallet with a passphrase which is unique and easy for you to remember to secure your Nexus. In the Settings Menu within the wallet, choose ‘Encrypt Wallet.’
You will be prompted to enter your passphrase, and repeat it, and then confirm your desire to encrypt your wallet. Do not lose or forget this passphrase. It is required to take any actions within the wallet after this point.
Step 9. Backup your new wallet – This is the perfect time to save your wallet.dat file. It is a good idea to do this periodically also, but this initial wallet.dat file should get you back into this version of your wallet in the future.
In your wallet, in the File dropdown menu, is the option ‘Backup Wallet.’ I recommend saving this file to a flash drive, offline, and somewhere safe. Also, be sure to label it as the Nexus wallet and note the date. Think worst case scenario when storing this drive. It is the vault holding all of your Nexus in case anything gets corrupted, lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Step 10. Unlock your Nexus wallet for Staking – Under the Settings dropdown Menu choose ‘Unlock Wallet.’ I always check the ‘Unlock for Mint Only’ box. After entering your passphrase your wallet will start staking. Unofficially, 1000 Nexus is required to start staking.
Feel free to join the Nexus Slack Channel for any questions you may have related to the wallet. There is usually someone available in the #support channel able to help you get started.