If you are running Windows Insider preview, you can now run a full Ubuntu user space from inside Powershell or the Command prompt. This is a full Linux user space without the need for virtual machines.
Install Windows Preview 14316 and Turn on Developer Mode
You’ll need Windows build 14316 installed, which is available from the Windows Insider preview fast track. Once you have updated your system, you’ll need to put your computer into developer mode. Go to Settings -> Update and Security -> For developers and select Developer Mode.
Turn on The Windows Subsystem For Linux Feature
Now open “Turn Windows Features on or off”. From the Start menu you can type “Features” to shortcut your way there. Scroll all the way down and select the checkbox next to “Windows Subsystem for Linux(Beta)”.
Yes, you’ll have to reboot…..
Open a command prompt or powershell and install
Open a command prompt or powershell console and type
bash. You will be prompted to install Ubuntu. Confirm and Ubuntu will be downloaded and installed on your machine. Once it’s done, you’ll be able to type
bash from your command prompt or powershell console and you’ll enter the Linux user space!