Fore Into Development on Windows

My work laptop is currently a Windows 10 PC. I've gone the virtual machine route for Ubuntu within the Hyper-V and Virtual Box Hypervisors. This is a fore into giving Powershell based development on Windows a try.

Ian Cleary

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2021

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Windows 10 Development

While I still am used to my preference of debian based host operating systems for development workflows (gh repo clone icanccleary/ubuntu-dev-playbook), this is a some documentation around what I've installed and what my development workflow on Windows 10 is like.

Edit: This allows me to build a docker contianer, use git, make, npm, and ssh keys on Windows. However, if I want to do anything with network mounts or anything more serious, I avoid Windows. Please treat this as some notes on how to install some software tools on Windows and a few helpful tips along my adventure.



Chocolately to install Node is easier to install with Chocolately, which is a windows package manager

After you have it installed, proceed to

Docker for Windows



Windows Terminal

VS Code

PowerShell Versions

Software Versions displayed in Windows Powershell Window

Adding SSH Keys to Windows

Make sure you're running as an Administrator!

# By default the ssh-agent service is disabled. Allow it to be manually started for the next step to work.
# Make sure you're running as an Administrator.
Get-Service ssh-agent | Set-Service -StartupType Manual

# Start the service
Start-Service ssh-agent

# This should return a status of Running
Get-Service ssh-agent

# Now load your key files into ssh-agent
ssh-add ~\.ssh\id_ed25519

Edit to load automatically:

It's best to configure OpenSSH Authentication Agent service to automatically start. Alternatively, you can start it manually every time when opening powershell for the first time:

Start-Service ssh-agent

To have SSH agent to automatically start with Windows, you can run (from elevated powershell prompt):

Set-Service ssh-agent -StartupType Automatic

After that, you need to add your ssh key once:

ssh-add C:\Users\your-name\.ssh\id_rsa

Now everytime the ssh-agent is started, the key will be there. You can check which keys are registered with the ssh-agent:

ssh-add -l

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Above doesn't seem to work.

Git Bash terminal does. gets rid of screen white flicker

Select Git Bash inside VS Code

Make install with choco

Open Powershell as administrator

choco install make

StackOverflow source

Experience So Far

I'm going to stick with a Hyper-V Virtual Machine if I need to do anything serious on a Windows host. My preference is to encapsulate what I know works wihtin a fast enought VM on a Windows Host. My current employer is very tied into Windows and this is just a better experience for me.