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Installing Linux on Windows 10

Newer windows 10 versions allow linux distributions to be installed onto it. This guide will assist you in installing Linux on Windows.

Before installing any Linux distros on windows, you must ensure that „Windows Subsystem for Linux“ optional feature is enabled. You can either enable it through Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off or through Powershell.

Windows 10 Control Panel

Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows Features on or off

You can also enable Linux subsystem for Windows through Powershell. Run powershell as administrator and run :

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Restart your PC when prompted.

After it restarts, if you have Windows build 16215 or later*, head out to Microsoft’s Store and choose your favorite Linux distribution from there.


To find out what Windows 10. build you have installed, open Settings > System > About .

And that’s it. Start installation via Microsoft Store, and Linux will install successfully.

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