If you encoutered the following error message when using Visual Studio + Boost, it means that you didn’t have the staged library files.

cannot open file 'libboost_program_options-vc120-mt-gd-1_55.lib'

Download the correct version from here

Set Additional Include Directories to C:\local\boost_1_68_0 and Additional Library Directories to C:\local\boost_1_68_0\lib32-msvc-14.0.

Obsoleted Method

  1. open Developer Command Prompt for VS2015 (in admin mode?) to execute C:\Program Files\boost\boost_1_55_0\bootstrap.bat.
  2. Launch b2 which is created by bootstrap.bat
    • Win32: b2 --toolset=msvc --build-type=complete stage
    • x64: b2 --toolset=msvc --build-type=complete architecture=x86 address-model=64 stage

Further Reading

  1. fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file ‘libboost_system-vc110-mt-gd-1_51.lib’ | Stack Overflow
  2. How to use Boost in Visual Studio 2010 | Stack Overflow