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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update offers a big new feature for developers: A full, Ubuntu-based Bash shell that can run Linux software directly on Windows. This is made possible by the new “Linux Subsystem for Windows” Microsoft is adding to Windows 10.

Windows 10 build number 14328 allows you to run a special version of the Bash shell (on Ubuntu) in a window. With the use of Bash shell, you can easily navigate through the file system, install and run Linux command line apps like the vi text editor. You have to be on Insider Preview Build on Windows 10 in order to use the Bash shell. So if you are, you can proceed and if you are not, you can read this article: On how to be on Insider Preview Build on windows 10.

After you must have be on Insider Preview Build on Windows, you will have to enable the "Linux Subsystem For Windows" because it is disabled by default. So to do this you have to go through a long process. Well actually, this is meant for developers but if you are a tech geek you can try this out because it is fun and you can run Linux based app on Windows 10.

However, this is just a simplified guide on how to enable the Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10. 

Note: Make sure you are running on Insider Preview Build on Windows or Windows 10 number build 14328. This only works on 64bit computer currently because it has not been released to the public or for commercial use.

Now navigate to Settings. You can get there by going to StartMenu and then click on Settings icon. 




Then from there click on "Update & Security". 




Now select "For Developers" tab situated at the left column. Then select the developer mode under the "Use developer features" sub-heading if it is not already enable. 




Now navigate to Control Panel. You can get there by right clicking on the Windows start menu icon and click on Control Panel. 



Now click on "Programs" settings. 




Then below the "Program and features" title, select "Turn Windows Features On or Off". 



A pop up will appear showing the list of features available on your Windows. Then scroll down and click on "Linux Subsystem for Windows" to enable. 



Then if prompted to restart click "Restart now" and if not continue.




After that, go to Command Prompt by pressing Window Key + R, type cmd and press enter. 

Now type "bash" in the Command Prompt, then you will be prompted to accept terms & services and download Ubuntu. The Ubuntu file size is a little less than one gigabytes, so make sure you have a strong connection. This can also be done by searching  bash shell or Ubuntu in the search box on start menu and then press enter. The hit the "y" key when prompted to download Ubuntu to start downloading.




After that, you can then create a username and password.



You will now have a full command-line bash shell based on Ubuntu on your Windows 10 computer because their binaries are the similar. You can use the Ubuntu’s apt-get command to install software from Ubuntu’s repositories. You will also have access to all the Linux command line software out there, although not every application may work perfectly–especially in the initial beta releases.


To open the Bash shell, just open your Start menu and search for “bash” or “Ubuntu.” You’ll see a “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” application.

Dustin Kirkland, a member of Ubuntu Product and Strategy team, has added that you will be able to run pretty much the full gamut of Linux shell tools such as "apt, ssh, rsync, find, grep, awk, sed, sort, xargs, md5sum, gpg, curl, wget, apache, mysql, python, perl, ruby, php, gcc, tar, vim, emacs, diff, patch, and most of the tens of thousands binary packages available in the Ubuntu archives!"

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