I'm trying to set up the Bash on Ubuntu prompt on my new Windows laptop. I've enabled developer mode and the Windows Subsystem for Linux is enabled, but I don't see a Bash on Ubuntu prompt. According to this link the next step is to install a Linux distribution, but I know I was able to do this a few months ago on my old laptop without the Windows store, which was also running 1703.

  • Please update your question to include which build of Windows 10 you are using. As for you being able to install WSL a few months ago without the Windows Store, you were likely not using 1709 a few months ago, Windows Subsystem for Linux, was still a beta feature in 1703. – Ramhound May 14 '18 at 14:04

The sequence is this:

open menu --> execute --> cmd --> bash

Then the ubuntu cli will start.

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