Installing Kali Linux in Windows through Microsoft Store

Installing Kali Linux in Windows through Microsoft Store, Windows is a very widespread and easy-to-use operating system. At times we need to use the Kali Linux OS while keeping Windows as the primary OS on the system. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do exactly that.

Updated: 05 Mar, 23 by Ayden I 2 Min

We have shown how to install Kali Linux on your system; however, sometimes, we want to keep the functionality of Windows OS on the machine and use Kali Linux simultaneously. This is possible by installing Kali Linux as an app from the Windows store.

First, we have to enable the Linux subsystem on Linux. To do so, follow the steps outlined below.

 Installing Kali Linux in Windows through Microsoft Store

  • Enter the following command to add WLS feature to windows.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

After finishing the feature installation you will face with a message to restart Windows. Type and press Enter button to restart the system.

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  • After the reboot, open the start menu and select Microsoft Store.

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  • Enter Kali Linux into the search bar.

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  • After finding Kali Linux, click on Get button to begin the installation.

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  • Now, wait for the app to install.

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  • After finishing Kali installation, click on Launch button to run Kali Linux.

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  • Now you must wait for the Linux kernel to extract and install.

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  • After finishing the final install, a page like the below screen will appear. You will have to enter a username, password and confirm the password.

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  • Upon completing this step, you will be able to enter the desired commands. For example, the below command is used for updating Kali Linux.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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Please note that only Kali’s core currently installed in this section. You can now manually install and use the tools which you will need. For example, by entering the following command, Metasploit will be installed.

apt-get install metasploit-framework

This way, you can use Kali Linux as an application on your Windows 10 system.

user monovm


2020, Jun, 20

I can't input password I tried typing password but it's not showing anything

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Susith Nonis

2020, Jun, 20

Hey there, this is a security measure in Kali Linux. When you type the password it will not be shown to the user. Type your password and it will store the password. 

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nikhil jatt

2020, Oct, 20

susith Nonis your rreply is gorgeous ........

user monovm


2020, Aug, 20

it shows libc6:amd64 not installation candidate

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Zachary Volkman

2024, Jul, 24

This guide is incredibly useful! It’s so handy to have a step-by-step walkthrough for installing Kali Linux on Windows through the Microsoft Store. Mixing the power of Linux with the familiar feel of Windows is great for those of us who want the best of both worlds. The detailed instructions and screenshots really help make the process clear and straightforward. Thanks for sharing!