Ubuntu on Windows

It’s been over 25 years I have been working in Microsoft environments from MS-DOS 3.X to present day Windows 10 and never I have even dreamt this will happen. Included with the release of Windows 10 Anniversary update is a Ubuntu Linux subsystem for Windows. Yes, you read it right.

To get Bash shell working in Ubuntu on Windows subsystem you follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you have Windows 10 Build 14393 or later
  2. Enable “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)” in Windows Features screen which can be accessed from Add or Remove Programs
  3. In Settings->Update & Security->For developers screen, enable “Developer mode” option under “Use developer features”
  4. Go to cmd prompt, run bash command which will prompt you to install “Ubuntu on Windows”
  5. Once UoW is installed, it will prompt you to create an user and password in UNIX subsystem

uow-cmd2If everything is installed properly, you will be able to run bash commands in Windows. Even access Windows filesystem from Unix. Awesome!


You can learn from this article on how to install Linux app packages in Ubuntu subsystem and see a demo video on how to use Bash in Windows.