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Kali Linux made available in Windows App Store

Last 2016, Microsoft has announced that they will be bringing in some popular Linux distributions in the Windows Store: Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, etc, mainly to be used by Developers and Linux enthusiasts. This is made possible by the Windows Subsystem for Linux which allows installation of Linux distros in Windows 10 without requiring to dual boot or run a virtual machine.

With that, Offensive Security have recently announced that the Penetration Testing/Hacking Linux Distro, Kali Linux, will be available in the Windows Store. This is great for those who wants to learn how to use Kali Linux but do take note that Kali Linux on Windows does not come with any hacking or penetration testing tools pre-installed. But you can easily install them from the official Kali repositories.

To install Kali Linux on your Windows 10 Machine:

First, enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux Windows Feature. You can do this by following these steps:

  • 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

Or through a much simpler, no fuss, method, run Windows Powershell as an admin, then just enter the following command and reboot your PC.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Now search for Kali Linux on Windows Store, and download it. Once you launch the application, it automatically completes Kali installation and will open the console window. It’s as simple as that.

You can check the documentation from the Kali Linux website for more information.

If you have the sudden urge to learn Kali Linux because you have watched Mr. Robot, or maybe you’ve heard that hackers use this Linux distro, by all means, please do learn. It is a fulfilling achievement to learn Kali.

But do take note that I will not teach hacking and whatever you do with these open source tools is your own responsibility. Also, don’t ask me how to set it up. If you really want to learn hacking, you will do your own research and study hard. Don’t ask to be spoon fed.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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