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Convert WSL1 to WSL2

To convert WSL1 to WSL2, we first need to ensure Virtual Machine Platform is enabled in Windows Programs and Features settings.


Note: First ensure, kernel component is installed, then run -

To see current Linux Distros -

wsl --list --verbose

Set WSL2 Version as default -

wsl --set-default-version 2

Then to actually convert WSL1 Linux Distro to WSL2, run -

wsl --set-version {DISTRO_NAME} 2

WSL1 Distro should now be converted to WSL2, you can verify the same by runnig -

wsl --list --verbose

Source: Microsoft Docs