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    klepp0906 said:
    Sorry, was away cutting the grass. fun!

    so if that key is there by default, even in the older builds - what is stopping it from appearing in the navigation pane by default until 196xx?

    is the only thing microsoft "switched" on, the modification of the IsPinned dword? o.O
    LOL, I was just out picking up limbs and twigs on the yard from storms and high winds we had the other day.

    The HKCR keys would normally only be there by default if WSL was enabled first. Is it there for you in the older build PCs?

    It is indeed the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD that controls Linux showing on the navigation pane.
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    Brink said:
    LOL, I was just out picking up limbs and twigs on the yard from storms and high winds we had the other day.

    The HKCR keys would normally only be there by default if WSL was enabled first. Is it there for you in the older build PCs?

    It is indeed the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree DWORD that controls Linux showing on the navigation pane.
    its not there on the older build pc's whatsoever. I added it in its entirety (from your above code) and still no Linux is displaying in the nav pane. gonna restart real quick but usually a restart of explorer would suffice.

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    yea no bueno. perplexing. I'd try toggling WSL on and off but i'd prefer not risk blowing up my sudo account and open bash here context menu entries/ubuntu install etc.
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    klepp0906 said:
    its not there on the older build pc's whatsoever. I added it in its entirety (from your above code) and still no Linux is displaying in the nav pane. gonna restart real quick but usually a restart of explorer would suffice.

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    yea no bueno. perplexing. I'd try toggling WSL on and off but i'd prefer not risk blowing up my sudo account and open bash here context menu entries/ubuntu install etc.
    Looks like something has changed for the older builds.
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    Brink said:
    Looks like something has changed for the older builds.
    yea, i was just about to say. i made a backup image real quick and just disabled WSL, restarted, and reinstalled it.

    the key is still not present whatsoever. So that answers that pretty much. I wait it out till whenever in gods name 196xx is :P
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       #14

    Hello,

    Just signed up to confirm what klepp0906 said. I also don't have any of those registry keys. I tried all the registry modifications that you mentioned but none worked.
    I just updated to 2004 and it's a 19041 version.

    I guess this will only be included in the next version? If so that sucks.
    I was really happy to get WSL2 since now I can actually have Docker working well in Windows 10, and that helps me a lot in my work. But I was looking forward to also being able to navigate my Linux folder in Windows Explorer.

    Hopefully you guys can come up with a work around.
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    Rosmano said:
    Hello,

    Just signed up to confirm what klepp0906 said. I also don't have any of those registry keys. I tried all the registry modifications that you mentioned but none worked.
    I just updated to 2004 and it's a 19041 version.

    I guess this will only be included in the next version? If so that sucks.
    I was really happy to get WSL2 since now I can actually have Docker working well in Windows 10, and that helps me a lot in my work. But I was looking forward to also being able to navigate my Linux folder in Windows Explorer.

    Hopefully you guys can come up with a work around.
    Hello Rosmano, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Correct. The registry entries in the tutorial are not in Windows 10 by default. The downloadable .reg files will add and modify the values.

    Just to verify, did you already enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?
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       #16

    Yup, enable WSL and changed the default version to WSL2. I'll be installing Docker during the weekend.
    If I manage to get that working I'll erase my Linux partition. :)

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    Weird, when I type explorer.exe in WSL2 /home partition it takes me to "This PC".
    It should open the file explorer on the corresponding folder isn't that right?
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    Rosmano said:
    Weird, when I type explorer.exe in WSL2 /home partition it takes me to "This PC".
    It should open the file explorer on the corresponding folder isn't that right?
    It would depend on if you have File Explorer set to open to "Quick access" or "This PC".

    Open to This PC or Quick access in File Explorer in Windows 10
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    Sorry, my internet was acting out. The issue was not that one. I was providing the wrong command.
    It's not just
    Code:
    explorer.exe
    it's
    Code:
    explorer.exe .
    .

    Anyway, with this I found a work around to place the wsl directory on the navigation pane. It will just be on the Quick Access drop-down and not on its own category though.

    The issue is that it asks me permissions to do anything in the file explorer. Can't create folders nor any type of files via the file explorer.

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    Ok, found out the issue again. Can't add files nor do edits in home folder of the Ubuntu install.
    Had to change the settings.json Terminal file for Ubuntu 20.04 to include the following command line:

    "commandline" : "bash.exe ~"

    With this, my Ubuntu 20.04 isn't starting anymore in mnt/c/Users/My_Name/ but in the myname/ folder to which I have permissions to write in //wsl$/Ubuntu20.04/home/myname/ . I can make directories text files, etc.
    After creating a file there, I can pin that location to the quick access, and it will thus be available in the folder navigation pane.

    Now to find a way to give it a cute icon...
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