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Due to WinRot I was forced into an unplanned Windows 7 upgrade. I am in the process of obtaining tools that I was using on Win XP Pro.

One item that I am lacking at this point is an X Windowing System server for my new system.

I am looking at standard commercial offerings as well as others.

I was looking for the wisdom from all of you as to which packages to examine, compare and select from. And Recommendations....etc...

Thanks for your help.

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I commonly use & highly recommend Xming.

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Cygwin...nuff said

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I have read that Cygwin/X does not work on a 64 bit Win 7 system. – mdpc Nov 28 '10 at 1:38
it can and will if you use it as a 32-bit app...i can run it on x64 – RobotHumans Nov 28 '10 at 5:15

Cygwin/X has always done it for me when I needed a X server on Windows.

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I have read that Cygwin/X does not work on a 64 bit Win 7 system. – mdpc Nov 28 '10 at 1:38
@mpdc: Show us. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Nov 28 '10 at 1:39
I just tried Cygwin/X and found it generated some STACK OVERFLOW issues. It was VERY VERY slow coming up and running on my system (3.3 GHz Dual Xeon processors, hyperthreading ON, 4 GB memory) , and I found it to cause problems in the Windows 7 systems operation itself which forced me to reboot. So this does not look like a good match for running on this system. – mdpc Nov 29 '10 at 3:36

I've used both Xming and Cygwin/X. However, for 64-bit Windows 7 and above, there really is one Open Source choice - VcXsrv Windows X Server

  • It's an MS Windows X11 server based on the xorg git sources (like xming or cygwin's xwin)
  • It is actively updated (at the time of this posting)
  • It accounts for 64-bit Win7 & above and dropped the old XP cruft
  • It's compiled with VC++ 2012 Express Edition, not 'mingw' (And also can be with VS2008, VS2008 Express Edition and VS2010 Express Edition - because they keep somewhat current/moving forward.)
  • It includes all fonts and DPI that I'm aware of
  • Properly supports multiple monitors - even with different orientations

BTW. If after install when trying to start VcXsrv you get the error below, it's because you're missing a MS Visual C++ Redistributable 2015. This isn't the only application with this error. Notepad++ and others have it too.

The program can't start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1.0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem

Here's the fix (update, else get a MS download):

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