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I have Cygwin working with Emacs 24.3.1 on windows 8.1 with Emacs downloaded from the Cygwin installation, however I can't use Emacs and the Cygwin shell at the same time or open up multiple Emacs windows. I want to be able to compile and run, use make etc using the shell but it appears I can only use either shell or the text editor. I want Emacs to open up just like in Linux using the command shell like this:

emacs file.c &

and be able to interact with both the shell and the file. How do I do this?

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Use a terminal multiplexer like screen, which is included in cygwin. –  dawud Apr 26 at 12:04
    
Why not open a shell window in Emacs. That's what I always do when working in a terminal environment. You can also open as many shells as you like by renaming the buffers. –  Marcus Rickert Apr 26 at 12:30

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I'd strongly recommend tmux, which is (sort of) the successor to screen and is also available in Cygwin

$ tmux -V
tmux 1.9a
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