Installation of Docker for Windows Users

This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Docker on a Windows operating system. Docker is an open-source technology that allows you to create, run, test, and deploy distributed applications inside software containers.

Attention: The installation process will require a system restart. Ensure you've saved all your work before proceeding.


  • A computer running 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education (Build 15063 or later), or Windows Server 2019.

  • Hardware-assisted virtualization and Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) must be enabled. (Let’s hope you have it enabled).

  • The Hyper-V feature and Containers feature must be enabled. (Let’s also hope you have it enabled).

  • Administrative access to your machine. (It’s the password).


Step 1: Download Docker Desktop for Windows

  1. Navigate to the Docker Hub website at the following URL:

  2. Click on the "Get Docker" button to download the Docker Desktop for Windows installer.

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Step 2: Install Docker Desktop on Windows

  1. Navigate to your Downloads folder and double-click the Docker Desktop Installer.exe file you downloaded.

  2. Follow the instructions in the installer, accept the license, authorize the installer, and proceed with the installation.

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  1. When prompted, authorize Docker Desktop Installer with your system password during the installation process.

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  1. Once done, you will see the following screen: continue without signing in,

Step 3: Verify the Docker Installation

  1. Open the PowerShell.

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  1. Type the following command: docker run hello-world. This command downloads a test image and runs it in a container. When the container runs, it prints an informational message and exits.

The output should look something like this:


Congratulations! If you witnessed the "Hello from Docker!" message, you've successfully installed Docker on your Windows machine. You're now ready to explore further, such as setting up RStudio.


  1. Docker desktop requires a newer wsl kernel version on Windows.

    1. Watch this video:

    2. Or Just simply type the following command in the PowerShell

      1. wsl --install
  2. Virtualization error,


If you don’t fell confident on how to enable virtualization, please leave it; we will fix it for you later.