How to Enable Linux on Windows 10 (for FREE)

If your goal is to learn Linux and all you have is a Windows 10 machine, this post is for you.

You have to enable a feature called Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

As of writing this article, there is the new and improved WSL 2, but I will only cover WSL 1 in this post.

WSL 1 is simpler to enable, supported on more Windows 10 versions, and is perfect for getting you started with Linux ASAP.

WSL literally enables a bit-for-bit Linux to run natively on Windows without the overhead of a virtual machine.

You can install and run ALL of your favorite Linux utilites on Windows.

Exciting stuff!

Enable WSL 1 on Windows 10

First…enable WSL

Install Ubuntu for WSL

Microsoft’s WSL Store: https://aka.ms/wslstore

Then…get a WSL image from Microsoft’s Store