Virtualization Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 11


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Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.

This tutorial will show you how to completely uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to uninstall WSL.




Here's How:

1 Open the Start menu :win:.

2 Click/tap on the All apps button. (see screenshot below)

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3 Perform the following steps to uninstall all installed Linux distros: (see screenshots below)

You can open File Explorer (Win+E), and click/tap on Linux in the navigation pane to see all your installed Linux distros to uninstall.

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  1. Right click on the Linux distro (ex: "Ubuntu on Windows").
  2. Click/tap on Uninstall.
  3. Click/tap on Uninstall to confirm.
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4 Perform the following steps to uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Linux app: (see screenshots below)
  1. Right click on the Windows Subsystem for Linux app.
  2. Click/tap on Uninstall.
  3. Click/tap on Uninstall to confirm.
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5 Open Windows Features (OptionalFeatures.exe).

6 Uncheck Windows Subsystem for Linux, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click/tap on Restart now when ready to restart the computer to finish uninstalling WSL. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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