Latest Windows 10 Preview Introduces File Explorer Integration for WSL

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 7 Comments

Microsoft is today rolling out a new build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders. The company is releasing build 19603 to Insiders in the Fast Ring, and it includes some changes.

The main new feature in the latest build is FIle Explorer integration for the Windows Subsystem for Linux aka WSL. Microsoft previously enabled the ability to access WSL files from the File Explorer in Windows 10 version 1903, but it’s making it much easier to access those files with direct File Explorer integration.

In the latest build, File Explorer will now show a “Linux” option on the sidebar in File Explorer. From there, you can see the different Linux distros you have installed. And clicking on any of the distros will take you to the Linux root for that distro. It’s a really nice improvement for WSL users.

The new build also includes a new “User cleanup recommendations” for saving storage space. This new feature will show you some of the unused files and apps on your device that you can get rid of to save some space.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Latest Windows 10 Preview Introduces File Explorer Integration for WSL”

  1. ecumenical

    Wow, nice :)

  2. oscar90

    Oh Microsoft, just make your own distro and be done with it, you know you want to. You even have a custom made kernel i WSL2, the writing is on the wall.

    Put Windows 10X GUI on that together with the win32 app container that you are working on and you are on a success spree for sure.

  3. proftheory

    I'd like to see file explorer browse any partition with ext 2/3/4 format for us dual-booters. I'd even be okay with it only being read-only.

  4. red77star

    Do we need WSL installed? In dual boot system, will be able to access another drive where Linux is installed? If not, this is useless.

    • Paul Thurrott

      Obviously it needs WSL. That's the point.
      • red77star

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        Then it is useless. Also does not answer the question whether I can access drive where Linux is installed in my dual boot system. With third party extension I can read and write to Linux file system from Windows 7, there is nothing special about it.