WSL gets a new icon and updated Linux kernel in the latest update

Last month, Microsoft released Windows Subsystem for Linux to the Microsoft Store, providing users with a more convenient way to install the subsystem. Previously, to install Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows, users had to use the not-so-easy to find the "Turn Windows Features on or off" window or the winget package manager in Windows Terminal. Now you can install WSL with a single click in the Microsoft Store. The latest update for the subsystem brings a new icon and Linux kernel.


Tip: Windows Subsystem for Linux is an operating system within an operating system. In a nutshell, WSL allows regular users and developers to execute Linux binaries in the Windows environment without installing virtual machines or creating a dual-boot computer. Microsoft introduced WSL in 2016 and has been actively improving the user experience since then.

Windows Subsystem for Linux 0.50.2 is now available with a brand-new penguin icon to replace a generic executable file icon. Besides, it offers an updated version of the Linux kernel ( Finally, users will welcome a host of various fixes and minor improvements. Here is the full changelog.

WSL In Store With New Icon

What's new in WSL 0.50.2

  • Added new logo for Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • Enable hardware performance counters if the hardware supports them [GH 4678] A USERPROFILE%\.wslconfig option has been added to opt-out:
  • Fix issue when printing system error messages that contain inserts.
  • Update the user tile to launch in the user's home directory instead of C:\WINDOWS\System32
  • Restore default signal dispositions for /etc/wsl.conf boot.command process to prevent zombie processes [GH 7575]
  • Switch to using a static CRT for Windows binaries
  • Use store API to download distributions via wsl.exe --install
  • Add --no-launch option to wsl.exe --install
  • Many updates to localized strings.
  • Switch to an updated tar for importing / exporting WSL2 distributions.
  • Update to the official 22000 sdk
  • Strip Linux symbols for release builds
  • Update Linux kernel to
  • Update to upstream stable kernel release 5.10.74
  • Enable BPF Type Format (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF) for use by eBPF tools [GH 7437]
  • Changed Dxgkrnl version to 2110
  • Implemented D3DKMTShareObjectWithHost
  • Fixed QueryStatistics VM bus alignment issue for the result
  • Implemented D3DKMTCreateSyncFile
  • Address upstream submission feedback
  • Moved d3dkmthk to include/uapi/misc
  • Replaces u32 by __u32 and u64 by __u64
  • Added "_" in front of the enumerator values to support including both WDK and Linux headers
  • Removed holes in the user mode visible structures to be compatible with 32 bit apps
  • Replaces pointer in the user mode visible structures with a define to be u64 for user mode apps
  • Fix build failure with GCC versions older than 8.1 [GH 7558]
  • Enable the Buffer Sharing and Sync File Frameworks (CONFIG_DMA_SHARED_BUFFER, CONFIG_SYNC_FILE) for Dxgrknl usage.

You can download Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Microsoft Store using this link. Note the update is rolling out in stages, which means it might take a few days for your device to receive it.


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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

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