If you’ve been running the first version of the implementation on Windows 10, you can update to Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 and convert the existing Linux installations with a package download to update the kernel and a few PowerShell commands. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to upgrade WSL to WSL2 and convert Linux distros to version 2 on Windows 10.

Upgrade from WSL to WSL2 on Windows 10

To upgrade from the first version of WSL to WSL2, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, you may need to repeat steps 7 through 10 to convert the remaining distros to version 2. Enable WSL 2 on Windows 10 20H1 In the command, make sure to replace DISTRO-NAME for the actual name of the Linux distribution. Check distro using Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 on PowerShell All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.