This means nmake is not installed on your Windows PC. To install you need to downloading, extract, and place two files into your $PATH. Follow the couple steps below to install nmake on your PC. In my case I installed nmake on Windows XP.

  1. Download nmake: Visit the following link to download nmake.
  2. Extract nmake:Run the Nmake15.exe file which will extract two files to the directory where it is located. These files will be nmake.exe and NMAKE.ERR.
  3. Place nmake In PATH: Now move those two files into your path somewhere such as C:\WINDOWS\system32 or print out your path as shown below to place them in a different location.
    Print PATH:
    C:>PATH
    PATH=C:\Perl\site\bin;C:\Perl\bin;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\80Tools\Binn\;C:\Program Files\USB Display Adapter\;C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin;C:\bin;C:\ruby\bin;C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\8.3\bin;C:\Program Files\Vim\vim72;C:\cygwin\bin;C:\Program Files\GNU\GnuPG\pub;C:\cygwin\nmap;c:\mspgcc\bin
    
  4. Test nmake: Now type nmake from a DOS prompt and you should see output similar to the below.
    C:>nmakeMicrosoft (R) Program Maintenance Utility Version 1.50
    Copyright (c) Microsoft Corp 1988-94. All rights reserved.NMAKE : fatal error U1064: MAKEFILE not found and no target specified
    Stop.
    

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42 Responses to “‘nmake’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file”
  1. TeadeSypelype says:

    FANTASTIC!

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    alex Reply:

    Thanks. Glad it helped.

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  2. Thiyagarajan Veluchamy says:

    Thank. Its helped me …

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Thiyagarajan Veluchamy,

    No problem. Thanks for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. rdudley says:

    alex,

    Is there a similar type of fix for Windows Vista? nmake15.exe will not execute on my machine.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello rdudley,

    I am not aware of one right off but if I get the chance in the next couple of days I will see if I can get one to work. If you found a solution could you reply with whatever it was?

    Thanks.
    alex

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  4. Another Alex says:

    I’m guessing in a similar way to rdudley, I am running 64-bit XP and it will not run on my machine as it seems as though that .exe is for 32-bit machines. I’d be interested in any alternatives. Thanks.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Another Alex,

    I apologize but I have not been able to spend the time yet to look into a 64-Bit or Vista version of nmake. So at this time I do not know of an alternative that would work for you. If you find one please post a response though because it seems like a lot of people are in the same boat and ending up at this article regarding nmake.exe for Vista.

    Good luck! If I do run across an alternative that will work for you I will respond to these comments.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Jim Reply:

    Did anyone find the 64-bit version? It would be really helpful.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jim,

    Sorry for the delay in response. I missed this comment notification in my email box. You can download and install the Windows SDK which will provide the 32-bit and 64-bit nmake versions.

    Download Windows SDK: download here

    So instead of downloading Nmake15.exe you would be required to install the entire Windows SDK which is a little over 1GB to download.

    Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Michael Gower Reply:

    The Windows SDK will install nmake to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\bin” on Windows 7 without prompting for an alternate directory. I hope this saves someone from an hour digging around the SDK for it.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Michael,

    Great. Thanks for the info regarding nmake on Windows 7. This will definitely be useful to anyone looking to install nmake on Windows 7. Thanks again for taking the time to provide the above information.

    Thanks.
    alex

  5. nivas says:

    Thanks Alex ..it helped me alot …Thank you

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    alex Reply:

    Hello nivas,

    No problem. Glad to hear it helped you out! I apppreciate you taking the time to leave feedback. If you get a chance check out the new section we have just launched called Engage. You can click on Visit in the top right corner of the site to view the new area. It allows everyone to ask and answer technical questions! Would love to hear your feedback on that portion of the site as well.

    Thanks again,
    alex

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  6. Stefano says:

    Thanks! This is a big help!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Stefano,

    No problem. Glad the article helped you out. Thanks for taking the time to post feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Suneel says:

    Thanks, problem solved.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Suneel,

    Good to hear. Thanks for taking the time to post feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. sunny says:

    Thanks a lot……….it helped me a lot

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    alex Reply:

    Hello sunny,

    No problem. Thank you for leaving feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. bruno says:

    Nice work

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    alex Reply:

    Hello bruno,

    Thanks! Appreciate you taking the time to leave us feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  10. raghu says:

    hi alex,

    i am using a windows 7 64 bit os and i need nmake to install some perl modules. i installed the Windows SDK that you suggested but still am not able to make nmake work . it still shows the same error. after installing the sdk do i need to set up any path variables or does it do it automatically. and if i have to how do i do that?

    please do help me out with this.

    thanks,
    raghu

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    alex Reply:

    Hello raghu,

    Not sure then. The article is what worked for me and the SDK was another option I had provided previously. If you find a solution we would love to hear what it was so others may benefit from the knowledge.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  11. Misganaw says:

    Thanks for your post this information, it helps me

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Misganaw,

    No problem at all. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  12. Neha says:

    Thanks this helped..

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Neha,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  13. shir says:

    Thank you so much!!! I was really lost till I ran into this post. I need it for Windows 7 but it was easy enough to make the changes required to make it work, once I read your explanation. :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello shir,

    No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Jake Reply:

    How did you get it to work with windows 7? I have tried many of those paths and it still gives the error.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jake,

    The Paths in the article were incorrect as they were all missing back slashes… I have just resolved the errors so make sure you were using the fill path and hopeful y that will resolve the issues you are having.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  14. venkat says:

    wow..
    pro at work here..
    !!! thnx sooo much!!!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello venkat,

    No problem at all. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  15. Preethi says:

    Thanks
    helped me a lot :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Preethi,

    No problem. Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  16. Malar says:

    Can you help me with nmake for 64 bit?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Malar,

    I believe I installed the 32bit version on a 64bit machine so the directions above should work. Unfortunately if they do not I don’t have the time for any testing on 64bit at the moment.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  17. Pri says:

    I am not able to run nmake15.exe from the said website onto a 64bit system. Can you please help.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Pri,

    You might try running nmake15.exe in compatibility mode on your system which I am assuming is a Windows 7 machine. It will not work running it as a 64 bit application so if you run in 32 bit compatibility mode it should work properly.

    Thanks.
    alex

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