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How to install Linux bash on Windows 10

If you're looking to use Linux tools on Windows, you can now make that happen. Jack Wallen shows you how to install Linux bash on Windows 10 with a few easy steps.

Did you know you can add the Linux bash shell, and a number of really handy tools, to Windows? That's right, you can; and it's pretty easy. Let me show you how.

The first thing you have to do is enable Developer Mode. To do this, click on the start button and type Settings.

When the Settings app entry appears, click on it.

In the new window, scroll down until you see Use Developer Features. Click to enable Developer Mode.

At this point, Windows will download all the necessary additions to the platform. Once this completes, you then have to go to Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features | Turn Windows features on or off and click to enable Windows subsystem for Linux.

When this completes, reboot and you're ready to finish up.

When you log back into Windows, click the Start button, type bash, hit Enter, and then (in the resulting window), type y and Hit Enter to install Ubuntu bash on Windows.

It will seem like everything has come to a stop, but just hit Enter again and then, when prompted, enter a new UNIX username and password.

When finished, you can now work with Linux bash on Windows. Test it out by typing sudo apt-get update. Pretty cool, huh?

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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