Gone are the days of profitably mining for bitcoin on your Windows based home PC, however it is still technically possible to turn a profit but you’ll need some robust hardware. Note that if you attempt to mine on your personal computer you could risk damaging it.
To calculate mining profitability check out this calculator.
Here are the basic steps for mining bitcoin on a Windows based PC.
Step 1. Create a wallet
Create a Bitcoin wallet at BlockChain.info and remember to save, write down and backup your Bitcoin address. You’ll need it in step 2. A bitcoin wallet is where you will store your mined bitcoin.
Step 2. Join a pool
Join a bitcoin mining pool, like BitcoinCZ Mining (aka Slush’s pool). A bitcoin mining pool allows your to join forces with other miners and share profits equally.
Step 3. Install bitcoin mining software for Windows
GUIMiner is a great bitcoin mining option for Windows users as it allows you to mine using almost any standard graphics card.
Step 4. Connect your ASIC miner to your PC’s USB port (if you bought one).
Step 5. Configure GUIMiner’s Pool Settings
Step 6. Configure GUIMiner’s Miner Settings
Step 7. Click Start
Step 8. Profit!… Hopefully