This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WLS 2) on Windows 10 and install Ubuntu.
Back in 2017, Windows released the original WLS version. WLS 2 is an improvement over version 1 and comes with performance boost, full system call compatibility, and built with a new architecture and that delivers features that make WSL an amazing way to run a Linux environment in Windows.
To install WLS 2 on Windows 10, these two requirements must be met:
- Windows 10 May 2020 (2004), Windows 10 May 2019 (1903), or Windows 10 November 2019 (1909) or later
- A computer with Hyper-V Virtualization support
When you’re ready to enable WLS 2 on Windows 10, follow the steps below:
Enable WLS in Windows
To enable WLS in Windows, you will want to open PowerShell terminal as administrator. Click on Start then begin typing PowerShell.
Next, right-click Windows PowerShell app and choose to run as administrator.
When the console opens, run the commands below:
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
After installing, you should get a success message similar to the lines below:
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool Version: 10.0.19041.844 Image Version: 10.0.19042.844 Enabling feature(s) [==========================100.0%==========================] The operation completed successfully.
Enable Virtual Machine Platform
WLS 2 requires Windows 10 Virtual Machine Platform to be enabled. This is not Hyper-V. To enable the VM platform feature in Windows, run the commands below from the same PowerShell administrator’s console.
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart
If you’re using Windows 10 version lower than 2004, then use the commands below:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform -NoRestart
When you’re done running the commands above, restart your computer for all the configuration changes to apply. If you don’t restart, the below command might not be recognized.
After restarting your computer, login back in and launch PowerShell as administrator. Then run the commands below to configure WLS 2 as the default version of WLS.
wsl --set-default-version 2
Install Ubuntu in Windows 10
Now that WLS 2 is installed and ready to be used, open the link below to download and install a copy of Ubuntu 20.04 from Windows store.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on Windows allows you to use Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt and many more.
Click the Get button and install. After installing Ubuntu, you’ll want the option to launch Ubuntu from Windows WLS environment.
After launching Ubuntu, it should install and prompt to create your account.
Installing, this may take a few minutes... Please create a default UNIX user account. The username does not need to match your Windows username. For more information visit: https://aka.ms/wslusers Enter new UNIX username: richard New password: Retype new password: passwd: password updated successfully Installation successful! To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>". See "man sudo_root" for details. Welcome to Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-19041-Microsoft x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com * Management: https://landscape.canonical.com * Support: https://ubuntu.com/advantage System information as of Mon Apr 12 17:57:37 CDT 2021 System load: 0.52 Processes: 7 Usage of /home: unknown Users logged in: 0 Memory usage: 26% IPv4 address for eth0: 10.0.2.15 Swap usage: 0% 1 update can be installed immediately. 0 of these updates are security updates. To see these additional updates run: apt list --upgradable
That should do it!
Some troubleshooting commands to run when you run into issues.
wsl --set-default-version 1 bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto start
This post showed you how to install WLS 2 on Windows 10 and install Ubuntu 20.04. If you find any error above please use the comment form below to report.
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