How to Install Ubuntu in WSL Using GUI [3 Steps]

WSL or Windows Subsystem for Linux provides a way to run Linux commands and tools in Windows. Moreover, users, especially developers, like Ubuntu for its exceptional features, and large and active community. In these two articles, I have shown how to install Ubuntu in WSL 1 and how to install Ubuntu in WSL 2 from the terminal. Apparently, some prefer GUI (Graphical User Interface) as it is more visually intuitive. In this article, I will show how to install Ubuntu in WSL using GUI.

Key Takeaways

  • Enabling WSL in Windows using GUI.
  • Installing Ubuntu from Microsoft Store.
  • Setting Up Ubuntu in Windows.

Requirements

  • Windows Operating System.
  • Stable internet connection.

Process Flow Chart

[OS Used Throughout the Tutorial: Windows 11]Process flow chart for "wsl ubuntu gui"

3 Steps to Install Ubuntu in WSL Using GUI

Here I have divided the whole process of installing Ubuntu in WSL using GUI in three steps. Now I will provide a detailed description of each step.

Step 01: Enable WSL in Windows

In the beginning, I will show you how to enable the WSL feature in Windows. Follow the steps below with me to do that:

Steps to Follow >

❶ At first, press WINDOWS KEY + R to open the Run dialog box.

❷ Write “control” or “control panel” or “Control Panel” and then click on “OK”.Opening Control Panel from Dialog BoxThis will open the Control Panel in your Windows.

❸ Now click on “Programs and Features”.Clicking on "Programs and Features"❹ Again, click on the “Turn on Windows features on or off”.Clicking on "Turn Windows features on or off"❺ Next, check “Virtual Machine Platform” and “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and click on “OK”.Enabling WSL featureThis process may take a while to complete. Don’t worry.

❻ Finally, restart your computer.Restarting Windows

Note: Remember your computer can take some time to restart.

Step 02: Install Ubuntu in WSL

In this step, you will learn how to install Ubuntu on your Windows.

Steps to Follow >

➊ First, go to “Microsoft Store”.

➋ Search “Ubuntu” and select your preferable Ubuntu version.

❸ Finally, click on “Install”.Installing Ubuntu in WSL using GUIThis process can consume a lot of time depending on your internet speed. At the end of the process, Ubuntu will be successfully installed in your system. Here, I have installed “Ubuntu 22.04.02 LTS”.

Step 03: Set Up Ubuntu

Previously, you have installed Ubuntu in your Windows. Now you will know how to set up Ubuntu and make it ready for use.

Steps to Follow >

❶ Find Ubuntu in your Windows like below and open it.Opening Ubuntu❷ Then give a username and press ENTER.

❸ Write a password and hit ENTER.

❹ Rewrite the password and press ENTER again.Setting up UbuntuNow you will be able to run Linux commands in your Ubuntu.

Conclusion

In this article, I have shown how to install Ubuntu in WSL using GUI in a simple and comprehensive way. Hopefully, it was helpful. If you have any queries, let me know in the comment section.

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