Q&A Windows 10 19041 - WSL2 with VMware for Malware analysis?


New Member
May 23, 2020
Hello there,

I currently prepare my main PC for the new Windows 10 20H1 build and I'm using WSL1 on my current build (18362). I really can't wait to use WSL2 on the new build, but I read that VMware workstation isn't working well with WSL2. I already made a test-installation on a Laptop and from what I saw it really isn't working well, even the VMware Tech-Preview build and VirtualBox 6.1 refused to work - On a side note: VirtualBox worked somehow, but it was horribly slow to install Windows on it, gave up after the install process was at like 5% after 20 mins.

I don't mind using Hyper-V as a alternative, but I have to say I never used Hyper-V.

So what's the deal, what alternatives do I have? Build 20H1 will roll out soon anyways, so I have to find a way to use WSL2 with either VMware or Virtualbox (or Hyper-V - But I don't know if Hyper-V is suitable enough for Malware analysis).

Thanks for your help!


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Content Creator
Jul 3, 2015
The problem is that WSL2 uses HyperV, which is a big problem for 3rd party virtualization solutions such as VMware and VirtualBox. I read quickly through a thread about this issue
and it sounds like your experience is what it is. Please update us if you find out any good news, but it sounds like a major compatibility problem. Basically, you cannot have your cake and eat it too, as we say in English. :(


New Member
May 23, 2020
Phew, what a read. Seems like I have to stay on WSL 1 (And maybe give cygwin a shot?) in the next build until I'm able to use WSL2 WITH VMware.
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