Install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10 via Powershell

So I have been trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 onto my Windows 10 laptop via the Windows App Store without luck. I recently came across an article that explained how i could do this via Powershell. Today I am going to share with you how i got about to do this.

Step 1: Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Before installing any Linux distros for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), you must ensure that the “Windows Subsystem for Linux” optional feature is enabled:

  1. Open PowerShell as Administrator and run:

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  2. Restart your computer when prompted.

Step 2: Install your Linux Distribution of Choice

To download and install your preferred distro(s), you can choose one from the list of download links below (click on any of the links to download the .Appx file); in my case I downloaded the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:

Step3: Complete initialization of your distro

Now that your Linux distro is installed, you must initialize your new distro instance once, before it can be used.


If you encounter any errors while going through these steps, feel free to reach to reach out and I’ll d my best to help you out.

Published by Blessed Tabvirwa

Residing in Gaborone Botswana, Married to my beautiful Isobel and have an awesome son Tyrecea. Hold a BSc Honours Computer Science, MCSE Data Management & Analytics, HL7 v2, v3, FHIR, Mobile Web Specialist, MEDITECH. I see Digital Technology as the enabler for the developing world to leapfrog challenges that are preventing the realization of "Health For All" in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages (

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