Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2 Up and Running on Windows 10

Just a brief chronicle of my recent reinstall of WSLv2 on a Windows 10 system.

Note: Hyper-V was already installed and active on my system, but other virtualization related features including Containers, Virtual Machine Platform, Windows Hypervisor Platform, and Windows Sandbox were not.

  • Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • I want to use WSLv2 so before anything else I downloaded the kernel update from Microsoft.
  • Open Command Prompt as an Administrator and run wsl --set-default-version 2.
    • By default, WSL uses v1 to v2 instance can take a while, so we avoid that conversion process by telling WSL to use v2 for everything by defualt.
  • Open Windows Store, search for Ubuntu, install Ubuntu 18.04.
  • Create a username and password and I’m up and running (that was easy).
  • Grab the latest updates while I’m at it sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade.

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