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The Windows Subsystem For Linux Optional Component Is Not Enabled

Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10

Installation of Windows Subsystem for Linux

Method 1

1st, open the Windows Settings and click on Update & security > For developers. Enable the Developer mode.

Then, open the Windows Control Panel and click on Programs > Turn Windows features on or off. Put a tick mark next to Windows Subsystem for Linux and click OK to activate this feature.

You may be prompted to reboot.

The Windows Subsystem For Linux Optional Component Is Not Enabled

Method 2
  1. Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator
  2. Run this command on PowerShell:
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  3. Restart Your Computer.

Install your Favourite Linux Distribution

To download and install your preferred distro(s), you have three choices:

  1. Download and install from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Download and install from the Command-Line/Script.
  3. Download and manually unpack and install.

For our purpose, we stick with the 1st option. which is the easiest one.

Open the Microsoft Store and choose whatever Linux distribution you like.

The Windows Subsystem For Linux Optional Component Is Not Enabled

The following links will open the Microsoft store for the selected distribution:

From the distro’s page, select “Get” and your Linux distro starts downloading.

The Windows Subsystem For Linux Optional Component Is Not Enabled

I prefer you to choose Ubuntu

The Ubuntu-based bash environment is good for beginners which is easy to use and understand. And besides all of that ubuntu has lots of community support.

So, when will the new version Ubuntu 16.04 LTS be available? In a recent comment, Microsoft’s Rich Turner explained: “We need to add some additional power to make it work better, but we are looking for 16.04 support for future releases.”

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