A Guide to Setup Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10

Installing WSL on Windows 10

  • For x64 systems: Version 1903 or higher, with Build 18362 or higher.
  • For ARM64 systems: Version 2004 or higher, with Build 19041 or higher.
  • Builds lower than 18362 do not support WSL 2. Use the Windows Update Assistant to update your version of Windows.
  • Hyper-V and WSL must be turned on in the Windows Features
  • Virtualization must be enabled in system BIOS.
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart
wsl --set-default-version 2

Conclusion

WSL has been around since 2016 and has proved to be reasonably stable. Besides supporting a wide range of Linux distributions, WSL also interacts with Windows, gives you a range of resources that are currently not feasible on Windows, and are free and easy to set up, why not give WSL a try?

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