X-server on Windows.
In order to be able to run GUI applications off of Linux remotely, you
need to have an X-server on your desktop. Most of the Linux distros come
with X.Org. There are commercial and open source X-servers for Windows,
for example, Hummingbird Exceed, Xwin32, X.Org in Cygwin, and Xming.
In putty.exe on Win7 virtual host, enable
On Win7 virtual host, there is application Xming installed.
It was downloaded from
Start XLauncher by following the steps below:
Click "next", "next", "finish".
Verify that the X-server is running on the VM:
click on "Show hidden icons" on the Taskbar, then bring the cursor to the
Xming icon. It should show "Xming Xserver:0.0"
Run putty.exe and SSH to the desktop.
In the command prompt, run a GUI application, for example, gimp.
It should start the gimp graphics editor on the desktop.