Download vim for Windows here.

On Windows, go to this directory: C:\Program Files (x86) and right click on the "Vim" directory. Under security, give full access to the user. Then, in the Vim directory, edit the file _vimrc and replace its content with the text below.

Also, for Windows, here is a powershell script to create the necessary directories: click here

" Setting some decent VIM settings for programming

" tags stuff
set tags=tags; " this will look into parent dirs for a tags file
:set cscopetag
:set cscopetagorder=1

set nocompatible                " vi compatible is LAME
if has('gui_running')
        colorscheme torte
        set guifont=Lucida_Console:h11:cANSI

" Use case insensitive search, except when using capital letters
set ignorecase
set smartcase

runtime ftplugin/man.vim                "nice to be able to see man pages in another window.

" we want to see the horizontal slider if we turn off wrapping
nnoremap   ':set wrap! go'.'-+'[&wrap]."=b\r"

"nice to see the line we are on.
set cursorline
highlight CursorLine  cterm=NONE ctermbg=darkred ctermfg=white guibg=darkred guifg=white

" Copy to 'clipboard registry'
vmap <C-c> "*y

" easily add timestamps
nnoremap <F5> "=strftime("%c")<CR>P
inoremap <F5> <C-R>=strftime("%c")<CR>

" Select all text
nmap <C-a> ggVG

set guioptions+=b               " horizontal scrollbar on bottom 

set autochdir                                   " set the current working directory to active file
set number                      " I like to see the numbers!
set nohlsearch
set backupdir=~/.vim/backup//
set undodir=$HOME/.vim/undodir
set directory=~/.vim/swap//
set virtualedit=all
set showmatch                   " automatically show matching brackets. works   like it does in bbedit.
set shiftwidth=2
set tabstop=2
filetype indent on
set showmatch                   " automatically show matching brackets. works like it does in bbedit.
set ruler                       " show the cursor position all the time
set laststatus=2                " make the last line where the status is two lines deep so you can see status always
set backspace=indent,eol,start  " make that backspace key work the way it should
set background=dark             " Use colours that work well on a dark background (Console is usually black)
set showmode                    " show the current mode
set expandtab                   " use spaces instead of tabs
set relativenumber              " show numbers by distance from current line
syntax on                       " turn syntax highlighting on by default
highlight MatchParen cterm=bold ctermbg=none ctermfg=blue

" Show EOL type and last modified timestamp, right after the filename
set statusline=%<%F%h%m%r\ [%{&ff}]\ (%{strftime(\"%H:%M\ %d/%m/%Y\",getftime(expand(\"%:p\")))})%=%l,%c%V\ %P

set linebreak "don't chop words halfway through
"do we *really* need to see those @ symbols at beginning of line?
set display+=lastline

"====[ Make the 81st column stand out ]====================

    " OR ELSE just the 81st column of wide lines...
    highlight ColorColumn ctermbg=magenta
    call matchadd('ColorColumn', '\%81v', 100)

"====[ Make tabs, trailing whitespace, and non-breaking spaces visible ]======

    exec "set listchars=tab:>-,trail:~,extends:>,precedes:<"
        highlight NonText ctermfg=DarkGray guifg=DarkGray
        highlight SpecialKey ctermfg=DarkGray guifg=DarkGray

"====[ Swap : and ; to make colon commands easier to type ]======

    nnoremap  ;  :
    nnoremap  :  ;

if has("autocmd")
  au BufReadPost * if line("'\"") > 1 && line("'\"") <= line("$") | exe "normal! g'\"" | endif


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