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"get wsl" Enable and Disable Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux in PowerShell

Updated: Mar 28


This post covers enabling and disabling Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux in PowerShell with "get wsl".


Before You Start


Save all your work. You will reboot twice.


Enable Steps - get wsl


# Run Windows PowerShell as an Administrator: right-click on PowerShell and click Run as Administrator

A screenshot showing how to run PowerShell as an Administrator

# Run:

Dism /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all

You will see something like this:


Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.19041.844

Image Version: 10.0.19045.2965

Enabling feature(s)
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The operation completed successfully.
Restart Windows to complete this operation.
Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)

# Type: N


# Save all your work


# Run:

Restart-Computer

# Wait for the computer to reboot.


# Run Windows PowerShell


# Test. Run:

wsl --list --online

You should see something like:

The following is a list of valid distributions that can be installed.
Install using 'wsl.exe --install <Distro>'.

NAME                                   FRIENDLY NAME
Ubuntu                                 Ubuntu
Debian                                 Debian GNU/Linux
kali-linux                             Kali Linux Rolling
Ubuntu-18.04                           Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Ubuntu-20.04                           Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Ubuntu-22.04                           Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
OracleLinux_7_9                        Oracle Linux 7.9
OracleLinux_8_7                        Oracle Linux 8.7
OracleLinux_9_1                        Oracle Linux 9.1
SUSE-Linux-Enterprise-Server-15-SP4    SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4
openSUSE-Leap-15.4                     openSUSE Leap 15.4
openSUSE-Tumbleweed                    openSUSE Tumbleweed

Disable Steps


# Run Windows PowerShell as an Administrator


# Run:

Dism /Online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

You will see something like this:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.19041.844

Image Version: 10.0.19045.2965

Disabling feature(s)
[==========================100.0%==========================]
The operation completed successfully.
Restart Windows to complete this operation.
Do you want to restart the computer now? (Y/N)

# Type: N


# Save all your work


# Run:

Restart-Computer

# Run Windows PowerShell


# Test. Run:

wsl

You should see something like:

This application requires the Windows Subsystem for Linux Optional Component.
The system may need to be restarted so the changes can take effect.
Error code: Wsl/WSL_E_WSL_OPTIONAL_COMPONENT_REQUIRED

Environment


systeminfo /fo csv | ConvertFrom-Csv | select OS*, System*, Hotfix* | Format-List

Output:

OS Name             : Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
OS Version          : 10.0.19045 N/A Build 19045
OS Manufacturer     : Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration    : Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type       : Multiprocessor Free
System Boot Time    : 5/11/2023, 12:59:23 PM
System Manufacturer : LENOVO
System Model        : 20MAS87F00
System Type         : x64-based PC
System Directory    : C:\WINDOWS\system32
System Locale       : en-us;English (United States)
Hotfix(s)           : 22 Hotfix(s) Installed.,[01]: KB5022502,[02]: KB4562830,[03]: KB4580325,[04]: KB5000736,[05]: KB5012170,[06]: KB5015684,[07]: KB5026361,[08]:
                      KB5006753,[09]: KB5007273,[10]: KB5011352,[11]: KB5011651,[12]: KB5014032,[13]: KB5014035,[14]: KB5014671,[15]: KB5015895,[16]: KB5016705,[17]:
                      KB5018506,[18]: KB5020372,[19]: KB5022924,[20]: KB5023794,[21]: KB5025315,[22]: KB5005699

References


Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation


Windows 10 Logo


Tux Logo

Tux (mascot). (2023, April 10). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux_(mascot)


Tux in front of the Windows 10 logo

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