[Solution] WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102 VM on Mac

If you have installed Windows 10 or 11 (22H2) on a Virtual Machine on your M1/M2 Mac using Virtualization tool such as Parallels or UTM and when you try to install Ubuntu (Linux) on it you get an error like below,

Installing, this may take a few minutes...
WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102
Please enable the Virtual Machine Platform Windows feature and ensure virtualization is enabled in the BIOS.

For information please visit https://aka.ms/enablevirtualization
Press any key to continue...

[process exited with code 1 (0x00000001)]
You can now close this terminal with Ctrl+D, or press Enter to restart.

Well the reason for this error is that you are trying to run WSL2 "Virtual Machine Platform" inside another virtual machine, this is called a "Nested Virtualization" situation.

Solution to WslRegisterDistribution failed with error: 0x80370102

    One easy way to fix this error on Parallels or UTM (QEMU) is that use WSL1 instead of WSL2.

    Simply run the below command in the Windows 10/11 Terminal/CMD.

    wsl --set-default-version 1
    The operation completed successfully.

    Next you can try to launch Ubuntu to complete the installation.

    PS C:\Users\Sam> ubuntu
    Installing, this may take a few minutes...
    Please create a default UNIX user account. The username does not need to match your Windows username.
    For more information visit: https://aka.ms/wslusers
    Enter new UNIX username: dev
    New password:
    Retype new password:
    passwd: password updated successfully
    Installation successful!
    To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo ".
    See "man sudo_root" for details.
    Welcome to Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-23545-Microsoft aarch64)
     * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com
     * Management:     https://landscape.canonical.com
     * Support:        https://ubuntu.com/advantage
    This message is shown once a day. To disable it please create the
    /home/dev/.hushlogin file.

    Fix for WslRegisterDistribution failed with error- 0x80370102 on Mac VM

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on a Windows 11 on a Virtual Machine on a M1 Mac running macOS Sonoma 14.0.

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