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Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer for running native Linux binaries on Windows. It allows developers to run a GNU/Linux environment - including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications directly on the Windows operating system.


Earlier, WSL was available for Windows 10. And now, after the launch of Windows 11, the company has made the Windows Subsystem for Linux available for Windows 11 too.


Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is now available for Windows 11 through Microsoft Store


The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) app is now available as a Preview in the Microsoft Store for Windows 11. If you are using Windows 11 machines, getting the WSL app through the Microsoft Store will allow you to get the latest WSL updates and features faster.


This is the exact same WSL that you know and love, all that we’ve changed is where it gets installed and updated from, says Microsoft.


If you are using a Windows 11 build 22000 or higher, click here to go to the store page of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) app. Click the "Install" button to begin with the installation process.



Once the WSL app has been installed from the Microsoft Store, you can install a Linux distro of your choice to start using it.


If you already have the in-Windows version of WSL installed, then you can install the WSL preview from the Store as well. These are both able to be installed on your machine simultaneously, says Microsoft.


Do note that the WSL app is still under preview release. If you encounter any bugs or have any feedback, share it with Microsoft.


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