Have You Had Any Luck Running Ubuntu On Windows 10?
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 8 April 2016 at 11:04 AM EDT. 37 Comments
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Two days ago Microsoft pushed out a Windows 10 update that added the recently announced Ubuntu user-space with Bash for Windows using a new Linux subsystem for Win10. Have you tried it out?

While I was excited to try out Ubuntu atop Windows 10, simply for being able to benchmark it and see how the performance is of native Linux binaries atop Windows 10, I haven't had any luck yet. Yesterday while being burned out I wasn't resting the entire time but had been continuing in my quest to get Ubuntu Bash running on Windows 10. Sadly, as of this morning, I haven't had any luck and thus looking to see if anyone with more Windows experience (particularly around the Windows Insider updates) has any suggestions.


I did a clean install of Windows 10 x64 Pro on Wednesday on my main test system where I planned to do the benchmark. However, even after joining the Windows Insider Program (for what's needed since this is currently only an "insider" update and not a GA release update), Windows 10 doesn't want to update the system to this Build 14316 needed for the Ubuntu support.

I've tried the official steps mentioned by Canonical's Dustin Kirkland of joining the program, opting for the fast updates, being in developer mode, etc, but Windows still doesn't see any update available. I've also tried leaving the program and rejoining, editing a variety of Registry keys that some have mentioned when it comes to updates not going through, changing the system time, etc. No luck; I remain stuck at Version 1511, OS Build 10586.164.


Thus I figured I'd ask to see if anyone of you have had success in getting this update or had any other ideas for being able to test Ubuntu on Windows. At least while waiting for this update to come down the pipe, I'll work on some fresh OpenGL and Vulkan tests on this Windows 10 installation for comparison to Linux.

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