Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer for running native Linux binaries on Windows. It allows developers to run a GNU/Linux environment – including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications directly on the Windows operating system.
Over a year ago, WSL was brought into Microsoft Store as a preview state for Windows 11 users. And now, the company has made it generally available for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 users.
Back in 207, Microsoft added Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to Windows 10. Later, it was made available to Windows 11 users too, through Microsoft Store, as a preview. And finally, it is now generally available to all Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. You can now grab it from the Microsoft Store by visiting this link. Then click the “Install” button to begin the installation process.
You can also install the Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Microsoft Store by running the command “
wsl --install” from a command prompt. If you are an existing user, you can also upgrade to the store version by running the command
We are also making the Store version of WSL the default for new users who run , says Microsoft in the announcement post.
wsl --install and easily upgradeable by running
wsl --update for existing users
What’s new in the Store version of WSL?
- Windows 10 users can now use Linux GUI apps! This was previously only available to Windows 11 users.
wsl --installnow includes:
- Direct installation from the Microsoft Store by default
--no-launchoption to not launch the distro after installing
--web-downloadoption which will download the distro through our GitHub releases page rather than through the Microsoft Store
wsl --mountnow includes:
--vhdoption to make mounting VHD files easier
--nameoption to make naming the mountpoint easier
wsl --exportnow include:
--vhdoption to import or export to a VHD directly
wsl --import-in-placeto take an existing .vhdx file and register it as a distro
wsl --versionto print your version information more easily
wsl --updatenow includes:
- Opening the Microsoft Store page by default
--web-downloadoption to allow updates from our GitHub release page
- Better error printing
- All of WSLg and the WSL kernel are packaged into the same WSL package, meaning no more extra MSI installs!