If you want to run Kali Linux without using dual-booting or virtualization on Windows, you can use the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). With WSL, you can run a Linux distribution alongside your current Windows installation without having to use virtualization or dual-booting. As far as I know, WSL 2 is the most recent version, as of my last knowledge update in January 2022. So today’s blog we can go through step-by-step “Run Kali Linux Without Dual Boot or Virtualization on Windows”.

1. Enable WSL:

Open PowerShell as Administrator and run the following command:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart

2.Enable Virtual Machine Platform:

  • Still, in PowerShell, run:
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

3. Download and Install the WSL 2 Linux Kernel Update Package:

Visit the WSL 2 Linux Kernel Update Package page and download the MSI package. Install it.

4. Set WSL Version to 2:

wsl --set-default-version 2

5. Install Kali Linux from the Microsoft Store:

Open the Microsoft Store. Search for “Kali Linux” and select the one published by “Kali Linux.” Click on “Install.”

6. Set Up Kali Linux:

Once installed, launch Kali Linux from the Start menu. Set up a username and password when prompted.

7. Update and Upgrade Kali Linux:

Open the terminal in Kali Linux and run the following commands to update and upgrade the system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Now, you should have Kali Linux running within the Windows Subsystem for Linux on your Windows machine.

How to Download and Run Kali Linux on Windows 10 Step To Step

Now you can download and install Kali Linux directly from the Microsoft App Store on Windows 10 just like any other application.

Step 1. Go to Control panel > Program and features > Turn Windows Features on or off.

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Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux

Step 2. Tick check box Windows Subsystem for Linux look like ↑ screenshot.

Step 3. After this complete process reboot your computer.

step 4. Open Microsoft Store and Search” Kali Linux”,  Kali Linux on Windows store.←(Click here for Direct Link)

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Kali Linux on windows store

Step 5. After Downloading and installing click here to launch options.


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