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Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks


If you got all hot and bothered over the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to paste text in the Command Prompt, wait until you get a load of this.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update added the full, legendary Bash shell to Microsoft’s operating, thanks to a partnership with Canonical, the company that guided Ubuntu Linux’s development. And it’s running natively, without virtual machines or containers. With the right tricks, you can even use Bash to run graphic Linux applications or even the Unity desktop itself right inside Windows-though those unintended features are definitely limited.

To enable Bash, you’ll need to be using a 64-bit Windows 10 AU build. Head to Settings Update Security For Developers and enable Developer Mode. With that done, navigate to Control Panel Programs Turn Windows Features On or Off and activate Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta), then click OK. You’ll be prompted to restart your PC. After you do, just search for “Bash” in the taskbar search menu to start your development engines.

Microsoft sure doesn’t make that simple, eh?

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