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Setup Windows 11 Discussion

Chris Oliver asked in General

In case you guys have Windows 10 like me:
1) Run PowerShell as administrator
2) Paste this command:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
3) Restart your PC
4) Run PowerShell as administrator again
5) Paste these two commands:
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart
6) Restart your PC Again
7) Download the Linux Kernel Update Package from
8) Then, run powershell as administrator again and paste this command:
wsl --set-default-version 2
9) Install a distro of your choice from the Microsoft Store (Example Ubuntu, Kali Linux)


Note, it is possible to specify where you create your app when you create it in WSL, and even put the app files in the windows filesystem (which may or may not be a good idea - google for info). If you're a linux noob like me and wondering where your app goes by default after you followed these instructions, it's in /home/username/ in the linux filesystem.


also just make sure you are using Ubuntu22.04/WSL2 and higher to unlock systemd.. doing this you will also be able to install gui apps like dbeaver to connect to directly to services inside the WSL container without the need for wsl portforwarding.

any gui's that are apt installed will show up in windows start menu


I wrote a guide as well will be posting it on the forum and share back here. Great article good to know I wasn't far off from some kind of standard way of doing this (it was all from scratch and some head scratching) I ended up with a Windows 11 WSL2 Debian setup everything is hosted inside WSL no Windows file system required and then running RubyMine ES Beta for the IDE doing a remote WSL connection to the *nix image.

VS Code latest update offers this you restart it in remote server connection mode on mine in the command bar of VS Code it shows WSL Debian remote connection.

Then no need for crazy debugger config ten moving parts Windows setup it happens natively in the image.


Sounds like you've got a solid Windows 11 setup going on!


Setting up WSL2 Debian and running RubyMine ES Beta sounds like quite the adventure.


Thanks for sharing these steps for setting up Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10. For those looking to set up WSL on Windows 11, the process is quite similar.


Windows 11 also supports WSL, allowing you to run Linux distros alongside Windows. You can follow similar steps to enable WSL on Windows 11, including downloading the Linux Kernel Update Package and installing your preferred Linux distro from the Microsoft Store.
If you're interested in upgrading to Windows 11 for other features and improvements, you can check out for Windows 11 Pro. They offer software solutions that can enhance your Windows experience.

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