Actually, it could take more than 5 minutes, if there are slow downloads.
Once you get the hand of it though, it will probably only take two minutes to grab a missing package.
Use the setup program to perform a fresh install or to update an existing installation.
Note that individual packages in the distribution are updated separately from the DLL so the Cygwin DLL version is not useful as a general Cygwin distribution release number.
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The Cygwin DLL currently works with all recent, commercially released x86 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows, starting with Windows Vista. NOTE: As previously announced, Cygwin version 2.5.2 was the last version supporting Windows XP and Server 2003.
That is, however, difficult to provide in a Cygwin-free environment, such as exists on first installation.
Please send notification of technical problems (bad html, broken links) concerning these web pages to the Cygwin mailing list.I ended up creating a Powershell script that auto-elevates, downloads the installer, and runs an unattended upgrade.Run setup-x86_64any time you want to update or install a Cygwin package for 64-bit windows.Because updating/adding a package is so easy, the first time you should click through and accept the defaults, then later adding missing features.I used to spend a lot of time going through all the packages, trying to decide if someday it might be useful.