All guides and documentation for installing and using ros on windows can be found in the win_ros wiki pages.
ROS Groovy is EOL, and these instructions for getting it to work on Windows are severely outdated. They are only kept here for historical reasons.
Please do not expect these steps to work, or try to follow them.
For future Windows support, see the relevant ROS2 resources.
Under development - ymmv.
Roscon 2012 Presentation - Windows on Ros slides.
WinRos on Windows
This is for native windows development with the microsoft 2010 compiler. Currently supporting either windows sdk 7.1 (cl/nmake) or visual studio 10.0.
Msvc Status - what's working and what's not.
Msvc SDK - installing, configuring and verifying a pre-built sdk.
Msvc SDK Projects - developing projects with visual studio and the sdk.
Msvc SDK Messages - developing new ros msg types with the sdk.
Msvc Runtime Environment - rosmaster, roslaunch'ers, rosparam and ros logging with the sdk.
For more advanced users who are familiar with ros and catkin:
Msvc Compiled SDK - compiling the sdk manually.
Msvc Overlays - build catkin style with an overlay on top of an installed sdk.
WinRos on Linux
It is not likely we'll have mingw re-enabled for groovy.
This is for the control roboticists who love working in linux and get flustered when asked to build windows apps for the rest of the world (namely users/test engineers) there is the mingw cross-compiler. There is also qt support here - write the code once and compile your qt app for both windows and linux without any changes.
Mingw Build Environment - setting up the mingw-cross build environment.
Mingw Packages - how to create mingw packages and stacks, ros style.
Mingw Qt-Ros Packages - how to create mingw qt packages in ros.
Contact - where to go for help or to ask about contributing.
Troubleshooting - if you are having issues, consult this first.
Additional Help - general questions about working in win_ros.