Enable Linux subsystem on Windows 10

May 22, 2021 MrAnyx 2 min to read


Enabling this feature will only be possible for a machine running Windows 10.

For x64 systems, it is essential to have a version 1903 or higher as well as a build of 18362 or higher.

To check the version and build number, in the Windows search bar, type winver

For ARM64 systems, you must have version 2004 or higher and build 19041 or higher.

Activation of the Linux subsystem

  1. Start by typing the following text in the search bar: Features.
  2. Then click on the result corresponding to: Activate or deactivate Windows features.
  3. Scroll down until you see the option: Windows Subsystem for Linux.
  4. Activate the option then click on Ok .
  5. Restart the computer.

Info: It is also possible to activate the Linux subsystem through PowerShell. Just type the command : dism.exe / online / enable-feature / featurename: Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux / all / norestart

Choose a distribution for WSL

Several distributions exist to launch the linux subsystem. Here is a non-exhaustive list of distributions available on the Windows Store:

In case of problem, go to the official documentation from Microsoft.

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