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How to get a Linux Style Enviorment in Windows with Cygwin

Alex and I got some new laptops the other day. I have been a Linux user primarily for many years but the laptop came with Windows 7 so I decided to give it a spin. I must say on the whole I have to say it is a very fast and usable operating system. There is just one thing I was missing and that was Linux shell commands in the terminal. Nothing fancy but I am so used to using ls,rm and grep that I almost went back to Linux. But then Alex mentioned something about adding Cygwin to his laptop which I am of course familiar with but he also mumbled about adding it to the path. I had never even considered this, so I did it and wow is it cool. All the commands I love are in my terminal now. Plus if you use console.exe you can have tabs and every thing.

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Console.exe System Error: The Program Can’t Start Because FreeImagePlus.dll Is Missing

I received a new laptop this afternoon that is running Windows 7 64-Bit. This is my first experience with Windows 7 and my first personal laptop running a 64-Bit OS so I was expecting to have a bunch of problems installing all of the applications that I use. I have been pleasantly surprised that the issues have been almost non-existent though during the installation of Console I ran into an error after trying to launch the Console application. Below is information on the error along with how to resolve the problem when running Console on Windows 7 64-Bit.