X-Win 32-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Use X-Win 32

X-Win32 is X terminal application software for Windows. X-Win32 allows those using Windows to connect to Linux/Unix servers on a network and run the applications from those servers on their Windows desktop. You can copy and paste data between the X and Windows applications. The program allows individuals to use graphics-based applications with a mouse rather than using command-line work.


  1. Download X-Win 32 from the Computing Services licensed software page.
  2. Unzip the file. Note where you save the file. You will need to access these in the Access section.
  3. Double-click the executable file.


  1. Select Start > All Programs > X-Win 32 > X-Config.
  2. Click Wizard in the My Connections window.
  3. Type a connection name (i.e. Linux timeshares) in the Name field.
  4. Select ssh as the Type.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Type linux.andrew.cmu.edu in the Host field.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Log in with your Andrew userID and password.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Select Linux.
  11. Click Finish.
  12. You will now see the newly-created connection in the My Connections list.


  1. Select Start > All Programs > X-Win 32 > X-Win 32.
  2. The License Activation window will appear if this is the first time you are accessing X-Win 32. 
  3. Navigate to the location where you unzipped the downloaded file. Locate the file named VN.txt.
  4. Paste the activation number from the VN.txt file.
  5. Click OK.
  6. You may need to re-open X-Win 32 to continue.
  7. Select the connection you created.
  8. Click Launch.
  9. Click Accept to continue if prompted to accept a host key. 
  10. If your connection is successful, a terminal window will open and a UNIX prompt will display ([YourAndrewuserID@unix12 ~]$).
  11. To access a software package, type the name of the software followed by a space and &. It may take a few moments for the chosen software to load.
  12. To end your session, close any software you have opened and type exit.

Updating X-Win 32

When updating to a new version of X-Win32 you must delete the older version's license key.

To remove the older license key:

  1. Close all X-Win32 sessions.
  2. Locate the license.lic file and delete it (usually located at C:\Users\LOGIN-ID\AppData\Local\StarNet Communications\X-Win32).
  3. Relaunch X-Win32.
  4. Enter the new license key that was included in the download (VN.txt).