Recent Patch Tuesday Updates Break WSL 2

September 10, 2020
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Microsoft released its regular suite of Patch Tuesday updates for all support versions of the operating system earlier this week, and for the most part these patches work fine.

Save for users of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.

There are reports that WSL 2 are facing issues with the environment. And the main culprit seems to be the troublesome patch KB4571756 that was released for the version 2004 of the OS, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

Installing the cumulative update bumps up the build to 19041.508, but doing so supposedly causes the Linux environment to not load and display a “Element not found error”.

It is unclear just how widespread this issue is, but users who posted on GitHub report that the problems began surfacing right after installing the update. And by the same token, uninstalling the quality update fixed the problem.

Guilty as charged, huh?

What is also not clear is what exactly is the reason behind this problem.

Redmond has acknowledged that it is working on a fix.

But as is so often the case, it is recommended that those running production builds that rely on WSL 2 should either pause the update from installing altogether, or uninstall this particular patch by heading to the Settings panel.

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