Installing The New Ubuntu Subsystem on Windows

Believe it or not Windows10 now integrates with linux as a subsystem and the distro of choice… Ubuntu of course thanks to the guys at Canonical.

Here’s what you need and how to get started.



  1. Windows 10 – You should have all been updated by now
  2. 64 bit – Right click on my computer and go to properties to double check your system is running on x64
  3. Your OS Build must be 14316 or later – Check by going to Settings>System>About and it’s listed under OS Build, it’ll also tell you if it’s not 64 bit just below on system type. (if your build is lower then check for updates)

Step 1 – Turn on developer mode

Settings > Update and Security > For developers > Select developer mode

Step 2 -Turn Linux “feature” on

Click start in bottom left then search for “Turn windows features on” > scroll down the list till you find “Windows subsystem for linux (beta)” > Click the checkbox

Step 3 – Enable Windows Linux Subsystem

Open a prompt up with administrator permissions by right clicking on the command prompt in apps and then selecting “run as administrator”
Type the following:

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

It will prompt you to restart.

Then once your system has rebooted open another command prompt and type bash

Follow the standard instructions on screen. Welcome to linux on windows!


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