With Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creator update, they enabled the ability to install the Linux subsystem with Powershell. This is a great alternative for system administrators and power users who don’t want to use a Microsoft Account and Windows Store with their Windows 10 installation.

The steps are simple and as follows.

Open an administrative Powershell window and type:

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

Install a Linux distribution, in this example, Ubuntu:

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://aka.ms/wsl-ubuntu-1604 -OutFile ~/Ubuntu.zip -UseBasicParsing

Extract the downloaded file

Expand-Archive ~/Ubuntu.zip ~/Ubuntu

Run the installer

And you’re off to the races!