Install Docker Desktop on Windows
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Install Docker Desktop on Windows

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Install Docker Desktop on Windows


  1. Enable the WSL 2 feature on Windows, by entering this command as an administrator using PowerShell or Windows Command Prompt and then restarting your machine:
wsl --install
  1. Download and install the Linux kernel update package.

For more information, you are welcome to visit Microsoft Docker installation official guide.


  1. Download the Docker installer and Double-click Docker Desktop Installer.exe to run the installer wizard. It typically downloads to your Downloads folder, or you can run it from the recent downloads bar at the bottom of your web browser.
  2. When prompted, ensure the Use WSL 2 instead of Hyper-V option on the Configuration page is selected or not depending on your choice of backend.
  3. If your system only supports one of the two options, you will not be able to select which backend to use.
  4. Follow the instructions on the installation wizard to authorize the installer and proceed with the install.
  5. When the installation is successful, click Close to complete the installation process.
  6. If your admin account is different to your user account, you must add the user to the docker-users group. Run Computer Management as an administrator and navigate to Local Users and Groups > Groups > docker-users. Right-click to add the user to the group. Log out and log back in for the changes to take effect.

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