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Installing on Windows

There are several methods of installing RemoteBox on Windows. The first method is what we might call a Native install. The remaining methods use a Windows 10 feature called WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). This is a Linux compatibility layer for Windows and their are several distributions to choose from. There isn't much advantage in chosing one method over another so chose whatever you feel suits you best.
These instructions describe installing the RemoteBox client and assume you have administrator privileges. VirtualBox must also be installed on the server and configured to accept connections from RemoteBox. Instructions for installing VirtualBox and configuring it as a service can be found in the RemoteBox manual. As RemoteBox was developed to run on Linux and UNIX-like operating systems, installation on Windows can be complicated but is possible.
Option 1 : Native Install

Video: Installing RemoteBox on Windows 10

  1. Even if you have a 64bit edition of windows, download the v5.28.x 32bit (MSI) version of Strawberry Perl
  2. Other versions of Strawberry Perl may work, but have not been tested.
  3. Run the Strawberry Perl installer, follow the instructions and install it to the following location:
  4. Configure Strawberry Perl to use the Sisyphusion Perl Repository and install additional modules. In order to do this, you need to open a 'DOS' style command prompt by running cmd.exe (consult google if you don't know how to do this). Run the following commands in the commmand prompt:
                ppm set repository sisyphusion
                ppm set save
                ppm install Cairo Pango Gtk2 Glib
  5. Download the latest RemoteBox-x.y.tar.gz file from the RemoteBox website and unpack the archive using you're favourite tool such as WinZIP, WinRAR, 7Zip etc.
  6. For simplicity, rename the unpacked folder from RemoteBox-x.y to just RemoteBox and copy that folder to the following location:
                C:\Program Files (x86)
  7. To create an icon for RemoteBox, navigate to the following folder in Windows Explorer
  8. Select the file called wperl.exe, press the right mouse button and choose 'Create Shortcut'.
  9. Rename the newly created shortcut to simply RemoteBox
  10. Select the shortcut, press the right mouse button and choose 'Properties'
  11. Change the target field to say (include quotes "):
                C:\Strawberry\perl\bin\wperl.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\RemoteBox\remotebox"
  12. This shortcut should now launch RemoteBox when you double-click on it. The shortcut can be moved or copied to a preferred location, such as your desktop.
  13. If you want a RemoteBox Windows Icon, you can download it here: remotebox.ico
Option 2 : Windows 10 WSL Debian
Option 3 : Windows 10 WSL OpenSUSE
Option 4 : Windows 10 WSL Ubuntu
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