TheÂ Windows Subsystem for LinuxÂ lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.
WSL 2Â is a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux architecture that powers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. Its primary goals are to increase file system performance, as well as adding full system call compatibility. This new architecture changes how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and your computer’s hardware, but still provides the same user experience as inÂ WSL 1Â (the current widely available version).
When youÂ install WSL, it addsÂ LinuxÂ to the navigation pane of File Explorer for access to the file systems of your installed distros.
If you like, you can remove Linux from the navigation pane of File Explorer without having to uninstall WSL.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Linux in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.