Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

In the latest test build of Windows 10 (build 14316), Microsoft introduced Ubuntu userland as a windows exe. This means you can apt-get anything in ubuntu’s repositories and PPAs right from windows! This is actually pretty cool.

More background can be found at https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/04/06/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14316/

Join Windows Insider

  1. Goto windows update settings, click on Advanced options

  2. Join the Windows Insider program

  3. After your account is linked, change your Insider level to Fast

    • I rebooted after this and had to wait about 10 minutes
  4. Goto Insider hub (windows key -> “insider”)

    • Goto your account settings -> devices

    • Click update build (if its not available just wait a few more mins)

Install Ubuntu

  1. After you have the new windows build, launch programs and features

    • windows key -> “windows features”
  2. Check “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)

  3. Launch bash (windows key -> “bash”)

  4. Hit y to install Ubuntu

  5. windows key -> “bash” will now give you bash on ubuntu… on windows

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James Olds
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