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Emacs on Windows

January 17th, 2007 by Ryan McGeary · 51 Comments

Windows Emacs Icon I was going to provide a follow-up to my Emacs on Mac OS X post, but for Windows hackers. It turns out that Derek Slager beat me to it and did a great job. Check out his description of how to Install Emacs on Windows. In addition, he does a fine job of explaining how to Manage Emacs Instances with gnuserv.

Though, one thing I recommend differently is to first install cygwin and use your cygwin home directory (e.g. C:\cygwin\home\user or /home/user) instead of C:\Documents and Settings\user. If anything, you’ll benefit from the unix utilities that accompany cygwin. Be sure to configure emacs to recognize cygwin paths.

Additionally, if you would like to live on the edge with Emacs 22 and don’t want to muck with the complications associated with compiling emacs from source, give EmacsW32 a try. They have an Emacs 22 binary distribution for Windows.

Update: Derek Slager now has a guide that explains how to Compile Emacs from CVS on Windows

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