Updating the WSL 2 Linux kernel

To manually update the Linux kernel inside of WSL 2 please follow these steps.

Download the Linux kernel update package

Please click on this link to download the latest WSL2 Linux kernel update package for x64 machines.

Note

If you're using an ARM64 machine, please download this package instead.

Install the Linux kernel update package

To install the Linux kernel update package:

1. Run the update package downloaded in the previous step.
2. You will be prompted for elevated permissions, select ‘yes’ to approve this installation.
3. Once the installation is complete, you are ready to begin using WSL2!

Future plans for updating the WSL2 Linux kernel

For more info on these changes, please read this blog post on the Windows Command Line Blog.