Docker and WSLv2 Up and Running on Windows 10

Brief chronicle of my recent reinstall of Docker on one of my Windows 10 systems.

Note: This builds on my chronicle of installing WSLv2, you’ll need to install WSLv2 before this process will work for you.

Note: I’m particularly interested in using Docker with WSLv2 as the back-end, as such that is all that is covered in this post. There are other ways to use Docker with VM back-ends.

  • Download Docker Desktop from Docker’s site.
  • Run installer and accept default options.
  • Once the system reboots, Docker should be running using WSLv2 as the back-end (well, that was easy and has become a lot easier than it was in the past!).

Its worth noting that during the install process Docker enabled Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Platform (See under Control Panel –> Programs and Features –> Turn Windows Features On or Off) but that Containers, Windows Hypervisor Platform, and Windows Sandbox all remain off.

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