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X-Win32 (X-Win12)

Software Description: StarNet's X-Win32 is X-Windows software used to connect Windows PCs to remote Unix and/or Linux host systems. X-Win32 is available through a site license agreement with StarNet Communications.

Platform: Windows

Cost: No charge for current VCU faculty, staff, and students

X-Win32 Requirements

System Requirements

If you want to work with X-Win32 from off-campus:

  • You must establish a VCU VPN session first.
  • X-Win32 is not recommended for off-campus use unless:
    • You have a cable or FiOS Internet service
    • You are accessing VCU
    • The VCU computer being connected to is not blocked for X-Windows  


Download X-Win32

Installation Instructions  -  X-Win32

Upon successful authentication with your VCU eID to verify your University affiliation, you will be prompted to download X-Win32. Installation instructions and licensing instructions will be emailed to your VCU e-mail account.

 Note that this release includes SSH.  So you no longer need to run a separate SSH session.


The license permits current VCU faculty, staff and students to install X-Win32 for University teaching, research or administrative use. The license agreement prohibits distribution of copies to anyone else for any other purpose. Licenses distributed will expire 2/28/2017.