OpenSSH Windows 7 and Windows 8

How to install the latest OpenSSH on Windows 7 and Windows 8

For how to install OpenSSH on Windows 10, read How to install OpenSSH on Windows 10.

Occasionally I have to run an installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8 on one of my computers, which means having to copy files between it and the Linux computers on the network.

That’s when I realize how difficult it can be to use a default installation of Windows, especially from its command prompt (line), where I tend to spend most of my computing time.

For those times, I yearn for the versatility and simplicity of the Linux command line. Practically everything you need to use or manage a Linux system is installed out of the box. Just launch a shell terminal, type and go!

So early this morning I installed Windows 7 on a test machine and needed to copy files between it and a Linux computer on the network – from the command line. I had to look for a command-line SSH application to use for the task. One that does not require the installation of a complete Cygwin environment and is not an outdated and unmaintained package.

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My search led me to the website of OpenSSH for Windows. And it is just what the doctor ordered. There I found 32- and 64-bit binaries of the latest and greatest version of OpenSSH for Windows. That means OpenSSH 6.7p1.

OpenSSH Windows 7 and Windows 8

A few minutes after I found the project’s website, I had the OpenSSH for Windows client and server installed and was copying files between an installation of Windows 7 and a Fedora 20 KDE computer – from the Windows 7 command prompt. Hope somebody else finds it useful.

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