Install PicoLisp on Windows 10

This article applies to Windows 10 with "Spring 2018 Creators Update" applied.

Follow the next steps to first install WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) and then also PicoLisp itself.

Remove old style WSL

Since the "Spring 2018 Creators Update" the way of installing and maintaining WSL has changed. Maybe you'd better remove the old style installation this way:
  1. issue following command as PowerShell admin: lxrun /uninstall
  2. back-up any files from "rootfs"
  3. remove "rootfs"
Note: you can use the free program "Search Anything" from VoidTools to find the "rootfs" folder easily.

Install WSL using the "Microsoft Store" App

  1. search in the Store for "Ubuntu"
  2. install latest Ubuntu version (18.04 as of 20-05-2018)

Bash shell opens during previous step

  1. you are asked for your User name and Password (twice)
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get upgrade
  4. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  5. sudo apt autoremove
  6. sudo apt-get update
  7. sudo apt install PicoLisp

Using PicoLisp

You can find the Ubuntu App when you click on the Windows button. Clicking on it opens a Bash terminal.

After that the standard procedures for Linux apply.


When PicoLisp opens a GUI it serves it as a webpage. In order to see the GUI, just open your browser in Windows itself and point to the right page.


20may18    ArievW