With build 22518, Microsoft reminds all about its new WSL app in the Microsoft Store

A Microsoft Store listing for Windows Subsystem for Linux Preview

Microsoft released a new Windows 11 build to Dev Channel Insiders last night (or earlier today, depending on where you live). Build 22518 brings changes to the widgets, context menu, and adds some new features too. Read all about build 22518's features and improvement here.

Alongside it, the Redmond giant has also reminded everyone about its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Preview app that it released back in October via the Microsoft Store. To run the WSL app, just make sure you have "Virtual Machine Platform" enabled in Windows features.

The company says:

WSL is now available in the Microsoft Store. This is the same WSL you know and love but just a different delivery mechanism. Installing WSL from the Store will make it easier to get the latest WSL updates in the future.

What Microsoft means when it states "Installing WSL from the Store will make it easier to get the latest WSL updates in the future" is explained in this article here.

Aside from this friendly reminder, the firm has also noted a few additional changes that build 22518 brings:

  • We’ve made it easier for new users to get started with the WSL in the Microsoft Store by changing the `wsl.exe –install` command to install WSL from the Microsoft Store by default.
  • We’ve added some additional arguments to `wsl.exe –install` to make it easier to configure your install, such as `wsl –install –no-launch` which will install a new WSL distro without immediately launching it.

A full list of commands is available if you run "wsl –help". Also, for those that have WSL enabled on Windows features, you can update to WSL Store version by running the command "wsl –update".

Source: Microsoft

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