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  1. Brink Win User

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10


    How to: Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10

    How to Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Windows 10


    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18342 (19H1) and Windows 10 build 18836 (20H1), Microsoft added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. The commands that existed inside of wslconfig.exe have been added to wsl.exe to allow you to configure your distros more easily.

    --terminate or --t has been added to wsl.exe that will immediately terminate a running imported WSL distro.

    See also: What’s new for WSL in Windows 10 version 1903?

    This tutorial will show you how to terminate a running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: See List of All Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros
    • Option Two: Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Settings
    • Option Three: Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Command Prompt
    • Option Four: Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in PowerShell




    OPTION ONE [/i] See List of All Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros
    1. For how, see: How to List All Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distros in Windows 10

    *note This will show you the names of all currently running WSL distros for your account.


    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION TWO [/i] Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Settings

    *note This option will only work for a running app of an imported WSL distro.
    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

    2. Click/tap on a running WSL distro app (ex: "Debian") from Option One on the right side you want to terminate, and click/tap on the Advanced options link. (see screenshot below)

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. Scroll down and click/tap on the Terminate button to force close the WSL distro app (ex: "Debian"). (see screenshot below)

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION THREE [/i] Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in Command Prompt
    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. Enter the command below for your version of Windows 10 into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    (For Windows 10 version 1903 and later)
    *Arrow wsl -t <DistributionName> OR wsl --terminate <DistributionName>

    OR

    (For versions earlier than Windows 10 version 1903)
    *Arrow wslconfig /t <DistributionName> OR wslconfig /terminate <DistributionName>

    *note Substitute <DistributionName> in the command above with the actual WSL distro name (ex: "Debian") from Option One you want to terminate.

    For example: wsl --terminate Debian


    3. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.


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    OPTION FOUR [/i] Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro in PowerShell
    1. Open a PowerShell.

    2. Enter the command below for your version of Windows 10 into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    (For Windows 10 version 1903 and later)
    *Arrow wsl -t <DistributionName> OR wsl --terminate <DistributionName>

    OR

    (For versions earlier than Windows 10 version 1903)
    *Arrow wslconfig /t <DistributionName> OR wslconfig /terminate <DistributionName>

    *note Substitute <DistributionName> in the command above with the actual WSL distro name (ex: "Debian") from Option One you want to terminate.

    For example: wsl --terminate Debian


    3. When finished, you can close PowerShell if you like.


    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    :)
     
    Brink, May 31, 2018
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  2. Windows Subsystem Linux

    Hello,

    We would like to know more about the issue you're experiencing with using
    Windows Subsystem for Linux
    . Kindly answer the following questions:

    • Are you developing a program, an app, or a software for Linux?
    • Is your Window 10 PC connected to a domain?
    • Are you managing a Windows Server PC?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you tried so far?
    • Can you tell us the Version and OS build of your Windows 10 device? You can find this information by clicking the
      Start button, type About your PC, and then press
      Enter.

    We need the following information in order to determine if we need to refer your concern to the
    TechNet forums or the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) forums.

    For now, we suggest reviewing these support articles to find out if there's an issue with the installation of
    Windows Subsystem for Linux:


    We'll be waiting for your response.
     
    Devlin Sco, Oct 27, 2019
    #2
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  4. Nikhar_K Win User

    Terminate Running Windows Subsystem for Linux Distro in Windows 10

    Unable to enable Windows Subsystem for Linux

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    I understand that you have downloaded Linux Terminal from Microsoft Store and you are getting an error when running the PowerShell command. However, as per the article

    Windows Subsystem for Linux Installation Guide for Windows 10
    you need to run the PowerShell command first and then install the required Linux distribution from the store. I suggest you to try running the PowerShell command
    first and check.



    For more information on Windows Subsystem for Linux, please refer the articles

    Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation
    and

    Troubleshooting Windows Subsystem for Linux
    .



    If the issue persists, I suggest you to post your query in
    TechNet forums
    , where we have support professionals and experts on this query to assist you with the appropriate details.



    Regards,

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Oct 27, 2019
    #4
  5. unable to run windows subsystem for linux file system error (12029)

    I have enabled Linux subsystem for WIndows and rebooted and tried installing several different linux distros from Microsoft store but all install and give same file system error. I am running win 10 pro 1903

    Help!
     
    david papkin, Oct 27, 2019
    #5
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