How To Install Linux on Windows 10

Here’s the easy, distilled way to install Microsoft’s new Linux subsystem for Windows 10. This method utilizes Canonical’s “Ubuntu on Windows” image which provides a fully working Bash shell and package manager. The installer is bundled with Windows 10.

  1. Enable “Developer Mode” under Settings > Update & Security > For Developers.

2. Enable “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)” under Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows Features On or Off.

3. Open a Command Prompt and run “lxrun /install /y”.

4. That’s it. Now just run Bash from the Start Menu. You’ll drop into a root shell with a working apt package manager and what looks like an Ubuntu 14.04 image.

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