Windows 10 Creators Update and Symlinks

Till Riedel
Sun Apr 23 21:13:00 GMT 2017

Hi all,

I was really excited to hear this!

I tried to export CYGWIN="winsymlinks:nativestrict" and create symlink 
without elevation and failed on cygwin 2.8.0 (checked that "cmd /C 
mklink" works as expected in Windows 10 Creators Update Developer Mode).

Any ideas if there are any extra checks that lead to "Operation not 

Windows seemingly even allows symlinks to nonexistent files (I somehow 
think there was a problem with that in the past). For me personally this 
would a strong reason to switch to real symlinks.

Best regards,


Am 13.04.2017 um 0:29 schrieb Jeffrey Altman:
> When Developer mode is enabled the elevation requirement for symlink
> creation is disabled:
> This was necessary for symlink creation within WSL to work.

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