I'm running Windows 10 with Cygwin. When opening Cygwin from the start menu (Pointing to C:\cygwin64\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - and then entering "exit", the process gets unresponsive and I have to kill it from the task manager.

I tried the following:

  1. Open a cmd (not elevated) and then enter the command as it appears in the shortcut. It does not start in my home folder (C:\cygwin64\home\david) but it exits gracefully.
  2. Changing the shortcut to run as administrator - Cygwin quits gracefully but it's a hassle to approve the program to run as administrator.

Any more ideas?


  • Any program that could potentially interference with cygwin ? cygwin.com/faq/faq.html#faq.using.bloda – matzeri Jan 20 at 17:05
  • Try to run mintty as an administrator. – harrymc Jan 20 at 21:13
  • Hi @harrymc , I wrote in my question that running the app as administrator solves the issue but it's a hassle. – David Kon Jan 22 at 8:23
  • @matzeri - You are right - I have one of the apps listed in the page, disabling it solves the issue. Can you post it as the answer? – David Kon Jan 22 at 8:25
  • I have noticed that it happens on my laptop; although initially I thought it was SSD/HDD issue – Kunal B. Mar 29 at 19:51

Malfunction of cygwin programs is usually caused by third part programs. Most Antivirus or unusual behaving drivers

A not exaushing list is available at

If you have some of them you can try disabling or removing those.


I have searched for this hanging issue for along time. The way I overcame this is by creating a new shortcut with target as "%windir%\system32\cmd.exe " /c C:\cygwin64\bin\mintty.exe -i /Cygwin-Terminal.ico - This seems to have solved my issue for now.

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