Enable #WSL2 on #Windows10 #Note

Krishnendu Paul

Jun 13, 2020 1 min read


  1. Windows 10 version 2004 ( If you are not on 2004 yet, use Windows Update Assistant )
  2. Intel Virtualization Option should be enabled in BIOS.

In Command Prompt, type:

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

Then install update to its kernel component from https://aka.ms/wsl2kernel
Once done, make WSL 2 default by typing following on command prompt

wsl --set-default-version 2

Then install your  favorite Linux Distro from Microsoft Store.

If you already have Linux installed on WSL, check WSL version you are using

wsl -l -v

and to change wsl version, type following on command prompt

wsl --set-version Distro 2

Whereas WSL 1 used a translation layer that was built by the WSL team, WSL 2 includes its own Linux kernel with full system call compatibility. So, seems you will get much more power on the OS than WSL 1.

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