After very long and quite boring day, I just finished upgrading to Windows 10 build 14393.10 and the first thing I had to try was the new bash on windows feature, that is the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows thingy… Microsoft and their product names! Jeez!
And I must admit it’s an orgasmic experience to have access to bash without having to start a Linux virtual machine. I applaud both Microsoft and Canonical for providing such a wonderful feature. Thank you.
Installing Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
First of all, you’ll need to update your copy of Windows to build 14393.10
Once updated (which can take a while), you will need to enable Developer mode:
- Start the Settings application (which now can be also be launched by right-clicking the Task Bar).
- Switch to the Update & Security section.
- From the (new) left-hand side menu, select the For developers entry.
- Select the Developer mode option.
You will then be required to restart.
- When the system restarts, right-click the Start button select Programs and Features.
- From the left-hand side panel, click the Turn Windows features on or off link.
- Within the Windows Features dialog, locate the Windows Subsystem for Linux (beta) entry and select it.
- Click OK.
You will then be required to restart again.
- After restarting, click the Start button and type “bash” (without the double quotes), and press ENTER to run it.
- The first time, you will be asked to accept the license agreement and it will then proceed to download the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows package.
- Finally, after the package is installed, you will be asked to create an account. Provide a valid Linux user name (and password) and you’ll be done!