Microsoft has confirmed that it’s working on fixing a Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, and the rollout should start with the next update shipped to insiders.
More specifically, the Redmond-based software giant says the issue happens on devices running beta and release preview channel builds, with users no longer able to launch the WSL at all.
“Windows Insiders on Build 19042.508 in the Beta and Release Preview Channels who use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will be impacted by “Element not found” error when they try to start WSL. With the help of Insiders, we have identified the root cause of the issue and have created a fix which should be included in the next 20H2 servicing release shortly. Insiders who wish to be unblocked immediately can uninstall this build (KB4571756) which is a non-security update,” the company says.
The easiest way to fix the whole thing right now is to just uninstall this cumulative update, albeit I expect Microsoft to come up with a new update in just a matter of days.
Windows 10 October 2020 Update
Worth knowing is that Microsoft has already finalized Windows 10 version 20H2, or October 2020 Update, and this release has recently been pushed to users in the Release Preview channel.
If everything goes according to the plan, the public rollout should kick off in a matter of weeks.
Insiders in the Release Preview channel can download the final Windows 10 October 2020 Update build by simply checking for updates manually in Windows Update.
“We are also beginning to roll out the October 2020 Update automatically for Insiders who are in the Beta Channel. For Insiders who had not previously chosen to install the October 2020 Update previously – they will be automatically offered it via Windows Update,” Microsoft said.