Windows 11 can now install WSL from the Microsoft Store

Microsoft added the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as a separate app to the Microsoft Store with the release of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518 on the development channel.

The WSL Store app for Windows 11 machines was announced in October when it was also first added as a preview.

Now, Windows Insiders running the latest version of Windows 11 Dev Channel can install the WSL Microsoft Store app from the command line.

“Starting with this preview release, we’ve made it easier for new users to get familiar with WSL in the Microsoft Store by modifying the` wsl.exe –install` command to install WSL from the default Microsoft Store, ”a said Microsoft Senior Program Director Brandon LeBlanc today.

In addition, we have added additional arguments to `wsl.exe –install` to make it easier to configure your installation, such as` wsl –install –no-launch` which will install a new WSL distribution without launching it immediately.

WSL users who want to upgrade to the Store app immediately can do so by running “wsl –update” to immediately update the Store version.

You can find out more about the WSL Store app by watching the embedded video below.

What is the Windows Subsystem for Linux?

WSL is a compatibility layer that has allowed Windows 10 users to run Linux binaries in ELF format natively on their computers since its release in 2018.

Microsoft upgraded it with the launch of WSL 2 with support for full system call compatibility, increased file system performance, and virtualization technology that runs a Linux kernel in a virtual machine (VM) slight.

Redmond provides step-by-step installation instructions for Linux GUI applications on your PC, which can be launched from the Start menu or from a command prompt window.

WSL also supports Linux GUI applications through WSLg (short for Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI), released in April with an all-insider rollout in May.

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