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Xming X Server for Windows

Xming X Server for Windows was a free download product with the latest public domain release in 2016. The 2019 versions now require payment. Cygwin is a large collection of GNU and Open Source tools which provide functionality similar to a Linux distribution on Windows. You can still use Xming X Servers older versions but they may not be compatible with newer Windows OS.

Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin is an alternative to X-Win32. The problem with X-Win32 is that it's not free. 

Below are the steps to install and setup Cygwin on Windows 10.

Windows: Cygwin

The Cygwin UNIX environment also includes the X Window System. It can be downloaded from

What is Xming X Server for Windows   

Xming is the leading X Window System Server for Microsoft Windows®. It is fully featured, lean, fast, simple to install and because it is standalone native Windows, easily made portable (not needing a machine-specific installation or access to the Windows registry).

Why Use Xming X Server for Windows

Xming may be used with implementations of Secure Shell (SSH) to securely forward X11 sessions from other computers. It supports PuTTY and ssh.exe, and comes with a version of PuTTY's plink.exe. The Xming project also offers a portable version of PuTTY.

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