1   Remote Access using WSL2

With addition of WSL2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux), it is possible to run remote Linux applications directly in Windows.

Thanks a lot to Dion Beqiri for documenting this approach.


1.1   Installing WSL2 onto your computer

1.1.1   Enable the WSL and Virtual Machine Platform

At first you have to enable the two optional Windows features. To do so, open up the Start menu and look for Turn Windows features on or off:


Open the application and enable Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Subsystem for Linux in the list:


Confirm the selection by pressing OK. The process takes several minutes, after which you are requested to reboot the computer.

1.1.2   Download the Linux kernel update package

When using Windows 10 it might be required to download Linux kernel update package.

WSL2 Linux kernel update package for x64 machines

Download and run this update package.

1.1.3   Enable WSL2

Open up elevated Command Prompt and run following command:

wsl --set-default-version 2

This should return This operation completed successfully. If the command fails, a link to Microsoft webpages is shown, where you can find out where is the problem and how to solve it.

1.1.4   Install Ubuntu distribution

Finally, we can install a Linux distribution inside the WSL2.

Note: You can select any other distrubution, but only Ubuntu was tested.

As an administrator, run following command:

wsl --install -d Ubuntu

Whole process takes several minutes, as your WSL2 downloads the Ubuntu system image. When completed, a new window opens up requesting a username and password for your new subsystem:


As the installation finishes, a welcome screen of Ubuntu is shown:


1.2   Opening up the WSL2

Created Ubuntu can be accessed via Start menu:


1.3   Installing GWSL

WSL2 itself does not support graphical applications. To add this support you need to install another application GWSL.

Open up Microsoft Store (e.g. using Start menu) and search for GWSL:


And then install it by pressing Get:


Upon successful installation, GWSL asks for access through the Windows Firewall:


Confirm the prompt with Ok and then Allow access on two Windows Security Alerts:


1.4   Configuring GWSL

At this point GWSL should be running and attached to your Subsystem. To support opening up graphical applications from your Ubuntu, two options need to be enabled.

Open up GWSL menu by left-clicking its icon on the taskbar and select GWSL Distro Tools:


In the submenu allow both Auto-Export Display/Audio and Enable LibGL Indirect:


When GWSL asks you to restart Ubuntu to Apply changes, press Yes.


1.5   Running WindRiver workbench

To run the Workbench on your computer using WSL2 and GWSL, please follow the instructions for Powering on (and connecting to) the lab computer.

When connected to the lab computer, start the workbench using the following command:

$ /opt/WindRiver/workbench-4/startWorkbench.sh


Upon starting the Workbench the terminal may look like this:

$ /opt/WindRiver/workbench-4/startWorkbench.sh
Unsupported host type for this Workbench officially: debian
Workbench console output redirects to file '/tmp/workbench_stderr_68819.log'.

Even though it looks like that starting the Workbench was unsuccessful, it is executed on the background and it may take a while until it shows on your screen.

1.6   Troubleshooting and hints

1.6.1   Find out Windows build version

To find out your Windows build version, press Win + R and run winver.


1.6.2   Check that Virtualization is enabled

There are various ways to find this out. For example, open up the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Escape) and navigate yourself into the Performance tab.


In case that the Virtualization is disabled, check the manual for your CPU / computer to find out how to enable it.

1.6.3   Run Command Prompt as an Administrator

WSL configration requires Command Prompt (cmd) to be run as administrator. To do so, select Run as administrator from Start menu as shown here: