Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a feature provided in Windows 10 that allows users to run Linux applications on their Windows machines. WSL is a powerful tool for developers, administrators, and anyone with an interest in Linux. However, if something goes wrong or you want to start from scratch, you may need to completely reinstall WSL.
The first step in completely reinstalling WSL is to uninstall the previous installation. To do this, open the “Windows Features” window in the Control Panel. Scroll down to “Windows Subsystem for Linux” and uncheck the box next to it. You will then be prompted to restart your computer.
Once your computer has restarted, you can then reinstall WSL. To do this, open the Microsoft Store and search for “Windows Subsystem for Linux”. Select the version you would like to install and click “Get”. The installation may take a few minutes, so please be patient.
Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to create a new user account for the Linux subsystem. You can choose any username and password you like. This will be the user account you will use when accessing the Linux subsystem.
Once the user account has been created, you can now access the Linux subsystem. To do this, open the start menu and type “bash”. This will open the Linux command line. You can now type any Linux command you like.
If you need to install additional packages, you can do so with the “apt-get” command. For example, if you need to install the “vim” text editor, you can type “apt-get install vim”. This will install the “vim” text editor on your system.
If you need to uninstall a package, you can do so with the “apt-get remove” command. This will completely remove the package from your system.
When you are finished with the Linux subsystem, you can exit the command line by typing “exit”. This will close the Linux command line and return you to your Windows desktop.
In summary, completely reinstalling WSL is a simple process. First, you need to uninstall the previous version of WSL. Then, you need to reinstall it from the Microsoft Store. Once the installation is complete, you can create a new user account and access the Linux subsystem. Finally, you can install additional packages and remove existing ones with the “apt-get” command. When you are finished, you can exit the Linux command line and return to your Windows desktop.