1. Getting Started

1.1. Introduction

This guide to the WinSCP client assumes that you are using a Windows machine, that you already have an activated Oxford Account, and that you have enabled your web space. Our instructions will guide you through the process of connecting to your GNU/Linux Service Home Folder (this is already part of your Oxford Account), through which you can access your user web space securely.

1.2. Obtaining and Installing WinSCP

The first thing to do is obtain the WinSCP Client software from the makers' web site:


From the list choose the most up-to-date release available. At the time of writing this is WinSCP 4.0.6. Click on the Installation Package to download the software.

Next click on the downloaded file to begin installation.

  • The Welcome screen will appear:
    Opening Welcome screen

    Click on the Next button.

  • The Licence Agreement appears confirming that the software is Free and Open Source. Click on the Next button.
    Licence screen
  • The Setup type screen now opens. Click on the Next button to continue if you are happy to accept the default options. Alternatively you may customise the installation.
    Setup type screen
  • Next select the Initial User Settings screen opens. Choose the Norton Commander Interface if it is not already selected. Click on the Next button to continue.
    Initial User Settings screen
  • Finally the Ready to Install screen shows which components you have chosen to install and where this will be put on your machine. If you want to adjust anything click on the Back button to make changes. If you are happy with your choices press the Next button.
    Components screen
  • The program will now be installed.
    Installation screen
  • Once installation is complete you will see the following screen.
    Program Folder screen

    If you do not want to start the program on exiting setup, uncheck the Launch WinSCP tick box.

    Click on the Finish button to exit setup.

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