Everyone should know how to setup
Cygwin under Windows 7/10, however, if you do it in Windows XP/2003, it will failed.
Why? Because the latest packages are only compatible with Windows 7 or higher.
In other words, the Cygwin respository doesn’t have a mechanism to maintain different version of these binaries.
So, how to setup Cygwin under Windows XP then?
The good news is that someone keeps it.
1. Download the setup.exe
2. Run the setup.exe with -X option
Please open the cmd to run with
3. Use the legacy repositories
Here are the full list of
Cygwin Time Machine Repository, please use the corresponding respository as the version of
Then always use this repository instead of others to install packages.