Install Ubuntu 16.04 in Windows 10

Duc A. Hoang 25 Nov 2018 27 Jan 2019 linux, windows

Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Open PowerShell as Administrator and use the following command.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Restart Windows if asked.

Download Ubuntu 16.04 Distro

You can download the distro from At the time of writing this post, the file I downloaded is Ubuntu.1604.2017.711.0_v1.appx.

It is also possible to download the file using PowerShell

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile Ubuntu.appx -UseBasicParsing

Installing your distro

Once I have downloaded Ubuntu.1604.2017.711.0_v1.appx, in PowerShell, I use

Rename-Item .\Ubuntu.1604.2017.711.0_v1.appx .\
Expand-Archive .\ C:\Users\[your-windows-username]\Ubuntu # or pick any folder you like

Replace [your-windows-username] with your Windows username.

Next, move to C:\Users\[your-windows-username]\Ubuntu and run ubuntu.exe to initialize the new distro.

Finally, add C:\Users\[your-windows-username]\Ubuntu to the Windows environment PATH using PowerShell

$userenv = [System.Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("Path", "User")
[System.Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("PATH", $userenv + "C:\Users\[your-windows-username]\Ubuntu", "User")

Add username to /etc/sudoers

Suppose that your Ubuntu’s username is username, then add username ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL to /etc/sudoers.

Set default login user

In CMD, use

ubuntu.exe config --default-user username

Change Ubuntu mirrors

One can replace the default Ubuntu mirror in /etc/apt/sources.list with others. See Official Archive Mirrors for Ubuntu.

Vanilla TexLive

Before installing Vanilla TexLive as instructed here, use

sudo update-alternatives --set fakeroot /usr/bin/fakeroot-tcp

Add Bash to the context menu

See this instruction, or simply download this ZIP archive, unzip, and double-click the Add Bash to Your Context Menu.reg file to get the context menu option. Double-click the Remove Bash From Your Context Menu.reg file to remove the option.

Re-mount C: drive

See this page for more details.

sudo umount /mnt/c
sudo mount -t drvfs C: /mnt/c -o metadata,uid=1000,gid=1000,umask=22,fmask=111 # the default user that gets created when WSL is first installed has a uid=1000 and gid=1000