Please make sure to review the following configuration before proceeding.
According to Microsoft’s documentation regarding Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) set-up:
- Install Kali’s WSL distribution by running
wsl --install -d kali-linuxin an administrator command-line shell.
- Restart your machine.
- Open the Kali app from the Start menu, and follow Microsoft’s best practices for setting-up your Kali user account.
- (Optional) Install Windows Terminal for easier access to Kali, PowerShell, cmd and other WSL distros you might have installed (e.g. Ubuntu)
The default WSL installation provides a minimal Kali system without a GUI. In order to use the desktop as found in the VM or ISO version of Kali or launch GUI apps, you need to install Win-KeX.
sudo apt update sudo apt install kali-win-kex
- Launch Win-KeX from your Kali WSL app:
Refer to the Win-KeX documentation for more information.