after deleting everyhting and trying again i got it to work.. its worth noting, libs were automatically picked up for me. I think where you got in trouble was pointing libs at a directly instead of the static .lib file cmake was wanting, alas here is what i did.
I have vs2015, 2017, 2019 and mingw installed. when building I opened solutions in 2019 and built with 2015 tools
- if you already installed cmake for windows, uninstall it
- install the LATEST CMake 3.14.5 (ya really), but not the RC from here, add to path when asked
if you want to build with mingw: