Install WSL2 Ubuntu for Windows

July 29, 2020

Open PowerShell as Administrator

Enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux optional component

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

To install WSL, your Windows 10 must be at least version 2004. Run winver to check you windows version, and run Windows Update if required.

Enable the Virtual Machine Platform optional component

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

Set WSL 2 as your default version

wsl --set-default-version 2

If it show Invalid command line option: --set-default-version, it probably means you are on WSL1 (where you Windows is less than version 2004)

If it show

WSL 2 requires an update to its kernel component. For information please visit

Follow the instruction to install Linux kernel update package.

If successful, it will show

For information on key differences with WSL 2 please visit

Visit Microsoft Store to install Ubuntu. I select Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Installing, this may take a few minutes...
The Windows Subsystem for Linux instance has terminated.
Please create a default UNIX user account. The username does not need to match your Windows username.
For more information visit:
Enter new UNIX username: 
New password:
Retype new password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Installation successful!

You might want to update Ubuntu and its packages

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

You can check you WSL version through PowerShell

wsl --list --verbose
  NAME            STATE           VERSION
* Ubuntu-20.04    Running         2


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