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I'd like to remove WSL, since I don't really need two Linux shells on my machine. Is it possible to do this? If so, how would I go about doing it?
You simply run the following command in an elevated PowerShell prompt.
lxrun /uninstall /full
If you upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from an earlier
Windows 10 release upon which you installed WSL, your existing distro
will remain intact. However, we STRONGLY encourage you to install a
new Store-delivered distro ASAP and migrate any necessary files, data,
etc. from your legacy distro to your new distro. To remove the legacy
distro from your machine, run the following from a Command Line or
You can also remove the legacy instance manually by running the following command in an elevated PowerShell prompt.
rm -Recurse $env:localappdata/lxss/
If you wish, you can manually delete your legacy instance. This may be
required if you encounter issues uninstalling the legacy distro using
lxrun.exe, or are running Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update (or later)
which do not ship with lxrun.exe.
Uninstalling/Removing the legacy distro