X-Win32: Windows Download for Personally Owned Computers

A proprietary implementation of the X Window System for Windows computers. X-Win32 allows remote display of UNIX/Linux windows on Windows machines as a normal window.

Note: This software can be downloaded multiple times and does not limit the number of installations.

About X-Win32

X-Win32 is an X terminal application which allows PC users to connect their Windows-based computer to a Linux or UNIX server. It allows X application programs located on other computers on the local area network to connect to your computer, and will use your computer to display the results.


X-Win32 is available to UB Students, Faculty, and Staff in both the 2019 and 2018 versions.

Installing X-Win32

You must have an active account on a system running Unix/Linux to use X-Win32.

Installing X-Win32 2019

  1. From Downloads, right-click win_xwin32-2019_20200730.zip and select Extract all.
  2. Run X-Win32 19.msi.
  3. Make sure the installation location is set to: C:\Program Files (x86)\StarNet\X-Win32 19\
  4. Copy license.lic file from extracted location to C:\Program Files (x86)\StarNet\X-Win32 19\ (Note: replace existing file)

Installing X-Win32 2018

  1. Enter The University at Buffalo as the Organization.
  2. Choose Complete install.
  3. Make sure that Install UB Customizations is selected at the end of the install process before clicking Customize.
  4. Launch X-Win32 immediately after installing. You will receive an error and then be prompted for a product key. The key will have opened in a window on your computer; Copy it and paste it into the key field.
  5. When you first launch X-Win32, you may be prompted to upgrade the software and may safely do so.

Help and Tutorials

Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.