How to reset UP4W back to factory settings

You can reset Ubuntu Pro for WSL to factory settings following these steps:

  1. Shut down WSL

    wsl --shutdown
  2. Uninstall the package and shut down WSL:

    Get-AppxPackage -Name "CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuPro" | Remove-AppxPackage`
  3. Remove the public directory:

    Remove-Item -Recurse -Force "${env:UserProfile}\.ubuntupro\"
  4. Remove the registry key:

    1. Press Win+R

    2. Type regedit.exe and click OK

    3. Write HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Canonical\UbuntuPro at the address bar

      • If this fails, you are done (the key does not exist).

    4. Find the UbuntuPro key on the left

    5. Right-click on it

    6. Click delete

  5. Install the Windows Agent package again (see the section on how to install). You do not need to re-install the WSL-Pro-Service.

  6. You’re done. Next time you start the GUI it’ll be like a fresh install.