Upgrading Windows Ubuntu 14.04 -> 16.04 (unix subsystem in win10)

Joe Huss

Staff member
If you installed the Unix Subsystem in Windows 10 previously , and already have the recent Windows 10 Creative update . It can now be upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, open a cmd.exe window and do one of these:

remove Ubuntu 14.04 and all files in it then install 16.04 fresh
lxrun /uninstall /full /y
lxrun /install
or from within the Ubuntu install itself get to root and run
sudo -i

first one is the safer choice... the Windows 10 Creative update is only avail for people who signed up for the windows insider program / get preview builds. .. otherwise you'll have to wait prolly a few more months for it to be released officially


New Member
The new upgrade contains newer versions of the software and receives security updates until April 2021. 16.04 is just a newer version, I wouldn't recommend setting up new systems with 14.04. The current LTS version is 18.04. LTS versions receive updates for 5 years, non-LTS versions only for 18 months.