Microsoft says it’s aware of a bug affecting some Windows 10 Insiders where the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) doesn’t work properly. Microsoft says it’s working on a fix. In the meantime, here are three things you can do while you wait:
1. Use Bash on Ubuntu on Windows to access the command prompt.
2. Install Cygwin. You’ll still need to use Bash on Ubuntu on Windows, but you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues.
3. Try installing another version of WSL. If you don’t want to try out the latest build, you could always download one of the older versions.
The full list of fixes is available on GitHub.
Why Does the 4294967295 WSL Process Exit Code Occur?
The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) process exits with code 4294967295 under certain conditions. This error code is returned when the WSL process cannot open a file handle for the specified path, and no other errors occur.
This article describes how to fix the error code.
Correction of WSL Process Exit Code 4294967295
This issue occurs due to a corrupt registry key. There are several possible reasons for this error. One of the most common issues is caused by malware infections. If you use Windows 10 Home edition, it is recommended to install Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus software. You can download it here.
If you don’t want to reinstall Windows, try repairing the registry. To do this, open the Registry Editor (regedit). Search for “Wsl”. Right-click on the entry named “Wsl”, select Properties, go to the tab called “Security”, check the box next to “Permissions”, and change the value to “Full Control”. Click OK twice, and restart your computer.
1] Reset Winsock
Winsock is a very useful program for developers who want to access the Internet. But it can cause problems because it contains different versions. One version works fine, while another causes errors. You might think that you just need to uninstall one version and install the other. But that won’t work. Here are some tips to help you solve this problem.
Step 1: Check whether Winsock is installed correctly
First, check whether Winsock is installed properly. Run the following command:
This command lists all programs running under Windows. If Winsock isn’t listed, then download it from Microsoft.
Step 2: Uninstall Winsock
If you don’t want to use the latest version of Winsock, you can uninstall it.
2] Stop or Restart Hyper-V Service
To start or stop Hyper-V service, you must use Windows PowerShell. You can do this by opening a command prompt window and typing “powershell”. If you are prompted to enter your password, press Enter. Type the following commands and press Enter:
# Start Hyper-V
Start-Service -Name MicrosoftHyperv
# Stop Hyper-V
Stop-Service -Name MicrosoftHyberv
# Restart Hyper-V
Restart-Service -Name MicrosoftHYperv
3] Uninstall DNSCrypt
If you are experiencing issues while trying to install DNSCrypt, there could be several reasons why. One of the most common problems is related to the DNS server settings. In some cases, the DNS servers might be set incorrectly or the wrong ones might be used. This can cause connection errors, such as the one mentioned above. To resolve this issue, we recommend that you check the DNS server settings and make sure that they are correct. If you still experience issues, try uninstalling DNSCrypt.
To do this, open Command Prompt and type the following command:
This will remove DNSCrypt completely. After completing the process, restart your computer.
4] Disable/Enable WSL & Virtual Machine Platform
Error Code 4294967295 occurs while accessing Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). This error can occur due many different reasons. In most cases, it is caused because you are trying to run a virtual machine on WSL. You must disable the virtual machine before you can use WSL again. To do this, follow the steps mentioned here.
If you are unable to access WSL, try disabling the virtual machine platform. If you still cannot access WSL, contact Microsoft support.
Reinstall Docker Desktop (if applicable)
The issue here isn’t really about Docker Desktop, it’s about Windows 10. If you’re having issues with Docker Desktop, try reinstalling it. This should resolve the issue.
If that doesn’t work, uninstall Docker Desktop. You’ll lose some data, but that’s better than losing everything.
A reboot might help too.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell if WSL is set up?
Type WSL into the Windows Command Prompt to find out whether or nor you have WSL installed on your computer. If it says “Not Installed”, then you don’t have WSL installed. You’ll want to download and install WSL. Otherwise, skip ahead to step 2.
To switch between them, simply enter either “bash” or “sh” in the Run prompt. This will open up a bash terminal window where you can run commands like ls -la.
Is WSL enabled by default?
Microsoft has been pushing Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a feature that allows you to run Linux apps within Windows 10, since 2016. But there’s still some confusion around how much control you actually have over WSL. Is it enabled by default? Does it require manual configuration? Can I turn it off? We’ve gathered up everything we know about WSL to help clear things up.