alright it took me a while before posting this. for OPENCV 2.3.1 and Visual studio 2010 Professional on a windows 7 64 bit environment
Download The "super pack" and unzip to "C:\OPENCV"
it seems you can only get the source of opencv and need to compile it with CMAKE.
very straight forward.
download CMAKE and use the command prompt to enter CMAKE CMAKELIST.txt at the opencv directory
Open "ALL_BUILD" by double clicking - opens up visual studio
Compile it and wait. (took a minute)
go to properties and select the release version and compile again (took another minute)
your all set with the opencv installation "c:\opencv\build"
create an empty visual studio "win32 console application"
Click on Configuration Properties->VC++ Directories, and edit the Include Directories. Add:
Click on Configuration Properties->VC++ Directories, and edit the Library Directories. Add:
Click on Configuration Properties->Linker->Input, and edit the Additional Dependencies. Add:
Click on Configuration Properties->Debugging, and edit the Environment.
Your all set.
i realized when trying to compile lkdemo.cpp an error:
even though opencv has a tbb folder in the build/common it does not include the complete library so we need to download the whole version from http://threadingbuildingblocks.org/ver.php?fid=171
and unzip it to "c:\opencv\build\common". there is no need to compile it as its already ready for use.
just make the additional changes to the library and include and bin files for this to work.