WSL Version 1.0.0 Now Available


The Microsoft Store version will now be the default for new users.

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has dropped its “Preview” label and is now generally available as version 1.0.0 in the Microsoft Store.

According to the announcement, the Store version will now be the default for new users who run wsl --install .

Existing WSL users can easily upgrade by running wsl --update . “Using the Store version of WSL allows you to get updates to WSL much faster compared to when it was a Windows component,” says Craig Loewen.

As of this release, WSL in the Store will be available on Windows 10 in addition to Windows 11. Additionally, Loewen notes, “with the Store version of WSL, there are a lot of names to keep track of.” There are two types of WSL distros, Loewen explains – WSL 1 and WSL 2. “These matter for how your distro runs and behaves, as they have different architectures. WSL 2 distros have faster file system performance and use a real Linux kernel, but require virtualization.” Refer to the WSL version comparison to learn more.


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