Drunken Coder

Windows Dev Tools

Posted 06/05/2017

I wrote this article earlier about my hackintosh development setup. Sometimes we’re stuck on Windows for whatever reason, so this is how I setup my dev-environment when I have to use Windows. It’s from the perspective of a developer who likes OSX and Linux, so it might not be your cup of tea, if you like how Windows works already.

Install Stuff

Install all of these, first


Right-click the taskbar and choose “Settings”, check “Use small taskbar icons”. There are lots of other options in there. I like the dark theme, under “Colors”, for example.

I right-click stuff in the start menu and choose “Unpin from start menu” for everything, then drag the right-side of the start menu to make it smaller. I disable Cortana so I get a local-computer search, by default, but you’ll have to reboot for it to take effect.

I generally remove all icons on taskbar except “File Manager”, “Atom”, “ConEmu” and “Chrome”. You can manage what is stuck there by right-clicking and choosing “Pin to taskbar” or “Unpin from taskbar”.

I end up with something that looks like this:



ConEmu is a much better terminal emulator than CMD or MiniTTY, which comes with git-bash. If configured correctly, it looks pretty nice and makes working on Windows better.

This is how I set it up, but feel free to configure it however you like.

Right-click on the window-bar and choose “Settings”:

  • Under “Main” check “Anti-aliasing”
  • Under “Startup” set “Specified named task” to {Bash::Git bash}
  • Under “Colors” set the scheme to “Monokai”
  • Under “Appearance”, uncheck “Show search field in tab bar” and “Show buttons (toolbar) in tab bar”
  • Under “Tab bar” set it to “Auto show” so you will have no tabs unless you open multiple tabs.
  • Under “Transparency” check “Active window transparency” and set it to something slightly less than opaque
  • Under “Status bar”, uncheck “Show status bar”
  • Under “Default term” check “Force ConEmu as default terminal for console applications”

Now, you should have something that looks like this:



Hit Win-X and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” If you’re not in powershell, type powershell.

Type npm i -g --add-python-to-path windows-build-tools to install build tools that will make native node modules work. This adds python, a C compiler, and some other cool stuff, and gets it you all ready for node-development.


Easy dev environment, on any computer

If you are like me, you want a full LAMP stack on your box while developing, and don’t want it to mess with your other stuff.

David KonsumerWritten by David Konsumer who lives and works in Portland and makes rad stuff. You should follow him on Twitter & Github