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Re: 64 bit system compatibility

I have been running cygwin on 64-bit Vista for over a year now.  In my
configuration, I have disabled UAC, so if you have that enabled it
might be something to look at.  Also, any of the X programs require
that the X server is running before they will run.  You can start X by
opening a normal cygwin window, then typing "startx".  You should see
an "X" in the windows system tray.

If you're just looking for an xterm-like thing, I suggest you also
take a look at rxvt.  It is similar to xterm but does not require the
full X server to be running for it to work.  MinTTY is a recent
alternative that others here have said works well too.

PS. You typically do not need a "64-bit version" of any kind of
software for it to work on Vista 64-bit.  Vista will also run 32-bit

On Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 6:32 AM, Giacomo Bruno <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I just moved to a new machine with a 64 bit windows vista os . I wanted
> to install and run cygwin. While the installation process run to the
> end, programs like emacs xterm and xwin do not work. I also  do not get
> a home directory when I run for the first time cygwin (I thought it
> would be created automatically). I just read on the cygwin FAQ that
> "..As far as we know no one is working on a native 64 bit version of
> Cygwin.."
> I interpret it like my system is unsupported and I should not expect the
> above mentioned programs from the current version of cygwin to work out
> of the box. Is that correct? Is it planned to release a Vista 64-bit
> compatible cygwin version? When?
> Actually I'd be happy if I managed to have at least ssh, scp and xterm
> work. Is it just a matter of recompiling them with a proper compiler or
> it is more than that?
> Thanks a lot for any clarification in advance
> Best
> Giacomo (very deceived...)
> Cheers
> Giacomo
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