After installing Cygwin (a very powerful Unix like environument for Microsoft Windows) I usually set up my home directory and create a shortcut to rxvt.
I make the Windows "My Documents" directory my Cygwin home directory:
cd /home mv username username.bak ln -s "/cygdrive/c/Documents and Settings/username/My Documents" username
xrvt as the shell window, since it is much better than the
default Windows Command Prompt:
xrvt.exeand create a shortcut for it.
C:\cygwin\bin\rxvt.exe -sl 1500 -fn "Consolas-16" -bg black -fg orange -e bash --login -i
-sl arguments sets the number of lines in the
history buffer. The
-fn argument sets the font. If you
haven't got the Consolas font, use "Courier New-16" instead. The
-fg sets the colours. The
bash --login -i runs the bash shell.
rxvt here is a Cygwin Windows program. It does not
require X11 to operate. But it does use the X11 method of copying and
pasting (i.e. selecting the text copies it, and the middle mouse
button is paste).
Note: Cygwin version 1.7 (or later) now installs a shortcut to rxvt called "rxvt-native", so the above instructions
are no longer necessary. However, I still customise its font and colours by modifying the command as described
above. There is also now
Mintty a terminal emulator written especially for Cygwin.