How to Fix WslRegisterDistribution Failed with Error 0x8007023E?

Linux Distros are important tools that help developers by compiling source codes from open source projects however sometimes after launching any Linux Distro you may encounter Wslregisterdistribution error failed with error 0x8007023e. Thankfully you’re not alone. WslRegisterDistribution Failed with Error 0x8007023e

The Wslregisterdistribution error is a common and well-documented error, lets go over the potential causes for this issue.

  • Virtual Machine settings – Virtual Machine options such as WSl and VM platforms that allow Linux Distros to work can also sometimes prove as a detriment and cause errors such as WslRegisterDistribution Failed.
  • Faulty WSl installation – If the windows subsystem itself is corrupted it will cause many issues including the WslRegisterDistribution Failed error when launching any Linux distro.
  • Faulty Windows Update – If something during your windows updates to version 2004 (Build 19041 and higher) and higher it can cause issues with the windows subsystem for Linux and cause WslRegisterDistribution Failed error.

Now that we know the most probable causes of Wslregisterdistribution error let’s go over how to fix them.

Disable and Re-Enable Virtual Machine settings

Many users reportedly fixed WslRegisterDistribution error 0x8007023e by Disabling all virtual machine-related settings and then Re-enabling them after rebooting their computer. This can be done through the “Turn Windows features on or off” feature via the control panel:

  1. Open the search bar and type in the ‘Turn Windows features on or off and open the control panel feature.
  2. From there disable very VM-like options such as WSL, VM platform, hyper-v, windows hypervisor platform, etc. Afterward, restart the device.
    Use WIndows Features to Disable Hyper-V
    Disable Virtual Machine Platform

    Find and Disable Windows Subsystem for Linux.

  3. After rebooting open Windows Features again and Re-Enable everything. Afterward, launch Linux Distro and check if the issue still persists.

Provided this doesn’t solve WslRegisterDistribution error, simply move on to the next Fix.

Faulty WSL installation

Considering that the previous Fix didn’t work it’s possible your WSL itself is at fault, which requires us to do a fresh install on your device meaning we must first uninstall WSL.

How to uninstall WSL

Before you uninstall WSL it is important to uninstall any and all Linux distros before. After all Linux Distros are uninstalled we can begin the uninstallation process for WSL.

  1. Press the Windows key, type in and open the settings app.
  2. From Settings click on Apps and then navigate to Apps and features.
  3. In Apps and Features, search for and uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

After completing these steps, we can move to remove WSL components disabling WSL and Windows Hypervisor platform in ‘Turn Windows features on or of’ as done previously. This completes the uninstallation meaning we can now move onto doing a fresh install of WSL for windows.

Install WSL for Windows

If you are running windows 10 version 2004 and higher (Build 19041 and higher) or Windows 11, then installing WSL is an extremely simple process.

  1. Press the Windows Key to open the search bar then type in and open windows Power Shell as administrator.
  2. After opening the PowerShell key in the following command.
    wsl --install

This command will enable the required optional components and download the latest Linux kernel. After completion reboot, your device, install the Linux Distro of your choice, and launch to see if the error still persists.

If However, you are running an older build of Windows or just prefer not to use the install command then you can do it manually by following the steps below.

  1.   Open Powershell as administrator again and key in the following and restart your device after completion.
    dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
  2. After rebooting open the Microsoft store and install the Linux Distro of your choice.

After completing the steps launch the newly installed Linux Distro and check if the WslRegisterDistribution error has been resolved. If the issue still persists however simply move on to the next fix.

Reinstall Windows

Many users reported that Reinstalling their windows fixed their WslRegisterDistribution Failed Error. This unfortunately may be the only applicable fix for you. Before you perform a clean install for your windows make sure you have a backup in hand in case you need to revert back to your previous windows. After reinstalling windows, install and run Linux Distro hopefully without WslRegisterDistribution error.


Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.