Install Ubuntu on Windows 11 using the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Video Summary

Hi folks, welcome back to another video. In this video, we’re going to take a look at installing Ubuntu, a Linux distribution, on Windows 11 using the Windows subsystem for Linux.

To start off, the first thing we need to do is install the Windows subsystem for Linux on Windows. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Start button in Windows.
  2. Search for the word “features” to access the Windows feature list.
  3. Select “Turn Windows Features On or Off”.
  4. Scroll down to find “Windows subsystem for Linux” and select it.
  5. Click on OK and the required files for the Windows subsystem will be downloaded and installed.
  6. Restart your machine.

After the restart, follow these steps to check if the subsystem is installed:

  1. Go back to the features list.
  2. Verify that the subsystem is installed.

Now, let’s proceed to the next step:

  1. Open the command prompt.
  2. Use basic Windows subsystem commands by typing “wsl –list” to check the installed distributions. You’ll see that the Windows subsystem for Linux currently has no installed distributions.
  3. Install a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Store.
  4. Open the Store app and search for the Linux distribution you want, such as Ubuntu.
  5. Click on “Get” to initiate the download.

The download size is around 500 MB and may vary depending on your internet speed. Once the download is complete, click on “Open Now” to start the installation of the Ubuntu Linux machine. Soon, you’ll be prompted to create a default Linux user account by adding a username and a strong password.

Once you have completed the setup, you’ll have Ubuntu Linux installed within your Windows environment. This allows you to perform various tasks and utilize Linux tools, development tools, and servers for local development purposes.

In future videos, we will explore setting up Redis Cache as a development tool. Thank you for watching this video!

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