I Learned these first steps from the most reliable source ever. For a step by step video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoSebbqBQQo

I found another guide while writing this that explains the second part http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/41560/how-to-get-ssh-command-line-access-to-windows-7-using-cygwin/

Making The Box

  • Download VirtualBox ( https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads )
  • Get an ISO of Windows 7 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoSebbqBQQo )
  • In VirtualBox create a new machine after the Windows 7 Template.
  • Use ICH9 and Enable IO APIC, Otherwise the box segfaults on boot.
  • Mount the Windows 7 ISO as an IDE DVD drive. It will not detect it as SATA
  • Install windows 7

Getting SSH Working

  • Download Cygwin ( http://cygwin.com/install.html )
  • Install OpenSSH via Cygwin
  • Run ssh-host-configas Adminstrator. This will make a new user account to run SSHd as a windows service.

Getting MSVC working

  • Download and install Visual Studio 2010
  • Source this shell script in your cygwin .bashrc https://gist.github.com/3717601


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16 September 2012