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How to enable/install WSL 2

How to enable/install WSL 2

Harshit Saini
·Mar 2, 2021·

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This article is for x64 machines

If you want to find out what kind of system you have type systeminfo | find "System Type" in PowerShell

If it says x64-based PC then this article is for you.


step 1:

Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux

You can enable these windows to feature by running this command.

Run this command in PowerShell or cmd as an admin.


dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart

Step 2:

Enable virtual machine feature

Run this command in PowerShell or cmd as an admin.


dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

Restart your machine to complete the WSL install and update to WSL 2.


Step 3:

Download the Linux kernel update package

Download for x64 machines

Step 4:

Set WSL 2 as your default version


wsl --set-default-version 2

Step 5:

Install your Linux distribution of choice

Download Ubuntu or any other distro from the Microsoft Store. Now you can open Ubuntu from the start menu.


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