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How to Set Linux Distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) (aka: “WSL 1”) 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 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) is a new version of the architecture in WSL that changes how Linux distributions interact with Windows. WSL 2 has the primary goals of increasing file system performance and adding full system call compatibility. Each Linux distribution can run as WSL 1 or as WSL 2, and can be switched between at any time. WSL 2 is a major overhaul of the underlying architecture and uses virtualization technology and a Linux kernel to enable its new features.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install Linux distribution apps from the Microsoft Store.

Users can make WSL 1 or WSL 2 the default architecture to be used as the default Linux distribution version whenever any new Linux distributions are installed.

Users can also set the Linux distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 for existing installed Linux distributions at any time.

This tutorial will show you how to set the Linux distribution version to WSL 1 or WSL 2 for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Update from WSL to WSL 2 in Windows 10

WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2) is a new version of the architecture in WSL that changes how Linux distributions interact with Windows. WSL 2 has the primary goals of increasing file system performance and adding full system call compatibility. Each Linux distribution can run as WSL 1 or as WSL 2, and can be switched between at any time. WSL 2 is a major overhaul of the underlying architecture and uses virtualization technology and a Linux kernel to enable its new features.

WSL 2 uses the latest and greatest in virtualization technology to run a Linux kernel inside of a lightweight utility virtual machine (VM). However, WSL 2 is not a traditional VM experience. Learn more about the WSL 2 architecture.

This tutorial will show you how to update from Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to WSL 2 in Windows 10.

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