While Windows 10 users had to resort to the “AppData” folder for the viewing or modifying of Linux files, Microsoft with the next Windows 10 update will be making it easier to access Linux files via WSL filesystem, as the former process is fraught with issues of data loss or corruption.
The upcoming Windows 10 Version 1903 changes the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), bringing support for easy access to Linux files, and users will be able to view and modify items from the File Explorer, by simply using the Command Line.
According to Microsoft, Windows service and driver will act as client and communicate with the 9P server, whereby a 9P protocol file server facilitates file-related requests, which then, the server containing the protocols is also responsible for handling the Linux metadata which ensures that files remain intact even after the access.
The process is as simple as typing in “explorer.exe” within a Linux shell environment and following the command, you would find a File Explorer within the Linux Distro. Then type “\\wsl$\
And you can perform several operations on the Linux files like dragging, copy & paste and more. Also, you can use the feature with Windows 10 Power Shell by simply typing “cd \\wsl$\Debian\” to change the root directory of the installed Debian system.
Microsoft created the feature based on its community feedback! It welcome users to file any issues that they may find on its Github page: https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL for faster actions.