Ubuntu Available on Windows Store and Here is How To Use it

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Microsoft released Ubuntu Linux distro to Windows Store lately, and that just pushes the Windows Subsystem for Linux to another level. You can download and install it on any Windows 10 Insider build 16215 and above. The feature will eventually become available in upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or later.

Here is how you can get started.

First of all, open Control Panel, go to Programs > Turn Windows features on or off, and then enable Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Click OK and restart your computer.

Or, just run the following cmdlet in PowerShell and reboot.

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

Once rebooted, open Store app and search for Ubuntu app in the store, or simply click this link which takes you directly to the app’s page on Windows Store.

The rest of it is pretty straightforward. Install the app and launch it. Then follow the instruction, create a new user in Ubuntu and start to rock.

What’s even better, as described in Scott Hanselman’s blog post, soon you will be able to run multiple native Linux distros on a single Windows 10 computer, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, etc. No VMs, No dual-boot setups, all on Windows and hassle free.

You can even set up which Linux distro you want to run by default when you run “bash” at command prompt or PowerShell window, using a utility called “wslconfig”.

wslconfig /l - to list all registered distributions
wslconfig /s Ubuntu - to set default distribution to Ubuntu

Now, Microsoft just got me all pumped up. I will see if I can set up a WordPress-powered test environment on it.