WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102

Been playing with Windows lately on my quest to move off Apple devices. Something I am extremely excited about is how they have made Linux more integrated into the OS.

In my process, however, I ran across an interesting problem that yielded the following error when trying to install Linux .

Site Note: Here is the instructional on how to install the Linux subsytem on your Windows device. Works great, minus the issue in this thread)

Installing, this may take a few minutes…
WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102
Error: 0x80370102 The virtual machine could not be started because a required feature is not installed.

This was extremely frustrating for a couple of reasons:

1 – Powershell was showing that Virtualization was enabled

2 – I could not find my virtualization option in Bios the way it was being recommend

Verify Virtualization Option In Your BIOS

In the end, I looked up my specific BIOS on Google and queried what they called Virtualization. It turns out, that for my specific motherboard (ASUS X570-PLUS) their virtualization option in the BIOS is called SVM Mode.

Enabling SVM Mode in the BIOS did the trick for me and I was able to proceed with my installation of Linux.

In the end, I found it by doing a basic google query for:

asus motherboard missing virtualization in bios x5570-plus

The very first response was “How to enable AMD Virtualization in the BIOS”

Tada!

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