This article is from the GNU Chess and XBoard FAQ, by Tim Mann firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
WinBoard is a port of XBoard to true Microsoft Win32 systems, such as
Windows NT and Windows 95. It uses the same back end chess code as
XBoard, but the front end graphics code is a complete rewrite. WinBoard
is free software.
The WinBoard distribution includes a port of GNU Chess itself to Win32.
The GNU Chess port is distributed in executable form, with instructions
for rebuilding it from the standard GNU Chess sources (available
separately). You should have at least 16 to 24 MB of memory to run GNU
Chess with WinBoard.
The WinBoard distribution also includes the ICC timestamp and FICS
timeseal programs (topic [D.12] ).
cmail (topic [D.6] ) has not been ported to Win32. All the other XBoard
functions are included in WinBoard.
You install WinBoard as follows. Download the WinBoard package to your
PC (see topic [A.3] ). It will be a file with a name like
winboard-4_0_0.exe. Double-click on this file in the Explorer or File
Manager to run it. Follow the on-screen prompts.