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Kali Linux is now available on Windows 10 Microsoft App Store

Kali Linux, a very popular, free, and open-source Linux-based operating system widely used for hacking and penetration testing, is now natively available on Windows 10, without requiring dual boot or virtualization.

 Kali Linux is the latest Linux distribution to be made available on the Windows App Store for one-click installation, joining the list of other popular distribution such as UbuntuOpenSUSE and SUSE Enterprise Linux.

In Windows 10, Microsoft has provided a feature called "Windows Subsystem for Linux" (WSL) that allows users to run Linux applications directly on Windows.

How to Download and Run Kali Linux on Windows 10

 Installation is similar to Ubuntu Bash on Windows.

Turn ON "Developer Mode" via Settings → Update & security → For developers, as this new feature is specifically meant for developers.

If this is your first time using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), you need to enable this optional Windows feature before getting the Kali Linux app.

 Follow these simple steps to enable WSL:
  • Navigate to Control Panel and go to "Apps and features"
  • Select "Programs and Features" from the right panel
  • Click the "Turn Windows features on or off" from the left menu
  • Select the "Windows Subsystem for Linux" and save it
  • Reboot your system

You can even do the same by opening PowerShell as Administrator and running the following command and restart your computer.
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
Now search for Kali Linux on Windows Store, download it with just a single click. Once you launch the application, it automatically completes Kali installation and will open the console window.

Kali Linux on Windows does not come with any hacking or penetration testing tools pre-installed, but you can easily install them later.

It should be noted that your Antivirus application or Windows defender can trigger false-positive warning for hacking tools and exploits, but you need not worry about it.

Microsoft is following its commitment to the open source community. In 2013, the company launched Visual Studio, and a year later, it open-sourced .NET. In 2015, Microsoft open-sourced the Visual Studio Code Editor, as well.

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