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A Guide to using the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft loves Linux.”

A very pleasing feature for those who wish to use Linux in their Microsoft OS has been rolled out. A number of Linux distros have been made available within the Windows store by Microsoft enabling you to use a bash terminal window.

Here is how you do it.

Open the Windows features & add “Windows Subsystem for Linux”.

Then go to Settings, then to Security &Updates & then select for developers. This will enable the developer mode & will ask you to reboot your pc.

Now, install any distro you like from the Windows Store. Here we are going with Ubuntu & SUSE.

Now you can open the Ubuntu application &it will start installation

After Installation create a UNIX username.


Now create a password for your account.

Now, you can access Ubuntu terminal command line.

Now you are able to run Linux commands like “top”.

This is a pretty beneficial feature for developers reducing the need for workarounds such as Linux VMs or dual booting.

Maryam Alam

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