How to install WSL 2 on Windows 10 20H1 and above


WSL or Windows Subsystem for Linux is a compatibility layer that lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot setup, it was only released for the 64 bits systems back in 2016 with the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 as known as Version 1607.


Microsoft announced WSL 2 a new version of WSL in 2019 which is 20x faster, powered by a real Linux kernel, and features a completely new VM-based backend based on Hyper-V.

Installing WSL 2 in Windows 10


WSL 2 requires at least Windows 10 Version 1903 ( Build 18362) for the x64 systems and Version 2004 ( Build 19041) for the ARM64 systems. 




You can check your Windows 10 version by pressing the Windows logo key + R, type winver and select OK, Or enter the ver command in Windows Command Prompt. 


In my case, it's the  Build 19042


·         Firstly, let's install the Windows Subsystem for Linux, to do that just open the Windows Powershell as Administrator and run the following command :

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

·         Then we have to enable the 'Virtual Machine Platform' optional component. Run the following command in the PowerShell as Administrator: 


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

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


·         Open  now again PowerShell as Administrator and run this command to set WSL 2 as the default version when installing a new Linux distribution:

wsl --set-default-version 2 


Note :

You might see this message after running that command:  "WSL 2 requires an update to its kernel component. For information please visit".


To resolve this issue, just go to this URL , and download and install the update file from it.




That's all, open now the Microsoft Store, search for your favorite Linux distribution  like UbuntuOpenSUSEFedora or Kali Linux and install it to start using WSL 2 on Your Windows 10.



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