Updated May 2008 As mentioned by Andrew below this is all too hard now that we have the chere utility. At the cygwin shell prompt try the following chere -i -c -n -t rxvt -s bash -o "-sl 2500 -fg lightblue -geometry 80x25 -bg midnightblue -sbt 10 -title bash" -e "Open Bash shell here" If you want a shortcut to run bash for your home directory try C:\bin\run.exe C:\bin\rxvt.exe -sl 2500 -fg lightblue -geometry 80x25 -bg midnightblue -sbt 10 -title bash -e /bin/xhere /bin/bash.exe %HOME% ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For users of Cygwin on Windows who like the Open Command Window Here power toy I took this hack and this hack and combined them to make the following hack. It works on both directories and drives in Windows Explorer, and creates a visually attractive login shell (at least I think so).
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\bash]

@="Open Bash Shell Here"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\bash\command]

@="c:\\\\bin\\\\bash.exe --login -i -c 'cd \"`cygpath \"$*\"`\";exec rxvt -sr -sl 2500 -fg lightblue --geometry 80x25 -bg midnightblue -sb -e bash' bash %L"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\bash]

@="Open Bash Shell Here"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\bash\command]

@="c:\\\\bin\\\\bash.exe --login -i -c 'cd \"`cygpath \"$*\"`\";exec rxvt -sr -sl 2500 -fg lightblue --geometry 80x25 -bg midnightblue -sb -e bash' bash %L"