In this short guide I'll explain to you how to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux. The WSL allows you to run a bash shell on Windows which can be used for development purposes etc.
For this to work you need to have the Windows 10 Creators Update or higher installed on your computer.
1. Enabling developer mode
The first thing you need to do is to enable the developer mode on Windows. To do that, open the Settings app, click on
Update & Security. In the side bar there is an entry called
For developers. Click on that and check the radio button on the right side saying
2. Enabling WSL
Next, open the old-fashioned control panel, click on
Programs and then click on
Turn Windows Features On or Off. A list will appear in which you enable the
Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) option. Click
OK to finish.
You have to reboot your computer now.
3. Starting Bash for the first time
In the start menu, search for
bash and open it. Agree to the terms of service and enter a username and password to use in Bash.
From now on, you can start Bash by searching for it in the start menu.