Intermediate Programming @Woodbury

Linux on Windows 10

Ubuntu Terminal

There are various approaches to running a Linux shell on a Windows computer. One option is to Dual Boot your computer so that there are multiple operating systems. Another option is to use a container or Virtual Machine to boot a containerized Linux operating system on your Windows Machine.

The newest (as of 2016) option is to actually install a Linux subsystem on your Windows machine.

Install Linux subsystem

  1. Open Windows Powershell as Administrator
  2. Run Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  3. When complete, hit Return to restart computer and finish install.
  4. Open the Store. Search for and select your Linux distribution of choice. I chose Ubuntu. Click Get.
  5. After downloading, choose Launch. It will finish installing. Afterwards, it will prompt you to enter a Linux account name and password. Once entered, you are now ready to use Linux on Windows.
  • Optionally, you may want to download the Cmder terminal replacement. Info on running Windows Ubuntu Bash in Cmder can be found here.


  • Additional info from Microsoft about installing and troubleshooting Windows Subsystem for Linux