I would like to ssh into my Windows box running Cygwin sshd and run the Windows GUI application in that Windows box. I don't want X forwarding.

e.g. From ubuntu-server terminal, I ssh into Windows running sshd and then I launch a notepad.exe. The notepad.exe will display in Windows, not in ubuntu-server without X windows.


The proper method seems to have some issue:



Reinstall 'sshd' specifying the '-i' flag to 'cygrunsrv' or edit the current service under "Administrative Tools"->"Services" and check "Allow service to interact with desktop" in the "Log On" tab of the service's "Properties".

So I try some hack. I create a cygwin_screen.cmd and put it in the Windows Startup folder.

@echo off 
chdir C:\cygwin\bin
bash --login -i "/home/username/bin/start_screen.sh"

start_screen.sh is simple and it will make sure that we have the screen to attach to.

screen -dmS "my_screen"

Now I can remote login to Windows from ssh client and attach to that screen when I want to run the Windows GUI application.

$screen -d -r my_screen

$cygstart my_doc.doc
  • This solution works for me, but when I detach again, the client screen process hangs. I must ctrl-z out, and kill the process. Creating the daemon in one context (on the windows box), and attaching from another (ssh login) seems to create this problem. Creating and then attaching from my ssh connection doesn't cause the conflict. – Tim Rupe Feb 27 '15 at 22:49

Use PSTools and run the command like below from ssl client. ./PsExec.exe -i -d -s \\\\ notepad


My solution is similar to Win Myo Htet's, except it uses tmux, which has more flexibility.

  1. Start tmux on a local Cygwin terminal.

    cygwin-host$ tmux

  2. Use ssh to run the command remotely, hosted in the tmux session.

    other-host$ ssh cygwin-host tmux new-window notepad

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