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Install Docker On Windows 10 Home

Install Docker On Windows 10 Home

"Windows Home Docker Desktop requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise version 15063 to run." So says the Docker Installer however, the Docker forums beg to differ

The workaround is to manually image the Hyper-V and Containers features, then trick the installer into thinking you're using Windows Pro.


  1. clone this gist somewhere locally git clone windows_home_docker
  2. Run windows_home_containers.ps1 in an Administrative Powershell
  3. Restart your computer
  4. Run windows_home_docker.ps1 in an Administrative Powershell

Note: You may need to run Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser for Windows to let you execute the scripts



We have now released a version of Docker Desktop Edge that allows users of Windows Insider Preview (Win Home 19018 or higher) to use Docker Desktop with WSL 2. If you are trying this out and have issues feel free to drop issues on the for-win Github Repo!

Thanks Ben

# Manually provision Windows Home by adding packages from C:\Windows\servicing\Packages to DISM
# (
function Import-Feature {
param( $Name )
$packages = Get-ChildItem "C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\*$Name*.mum"
foreach ($package in $packages) {
Dism /online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"$package"
Dism /online /NoRestart /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:$Name -All /LimitAccess /ALL
# Windows Home must be manually imaged with the required Docker Desktop features
Import-Feature -Name Microsoft-Hyper-V
Import-Feature -Name Containers
Write-Output ""
Write-Output "You may now restart your computer and use windows_home_docker.ps1 to install Docker"
# The Docker Desktop Installer assumes that only Windows Pro users have Hyper-V
# in order to skip that check, temporarily update the EditionID registry key to Professional
$windowsNT = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion'
$EditionID = (Get-ItemProperty $windowsNT).EditionID
Set-ItemProperty -Path $windowsNT -Name 'EditionID' -Value 'Professional'
Write-Output ''
Write-Output '==========================================================================================='
Write-Output "EditionID has been temporarily changed from $EditionID to Professional "
Write-Output 'You may now run the Docker Desktop Installer '
Write-Output ' '
Write-Output "When you're done, confirm the following prompt to revert your EditionID back to $EditionID "
Write-Output '==========================================================================================='
Write-Output ''
Set-ItemProperty -Confirm -Path $windowsNT -Name 'EditionID' -value $EditionID
Write-Output ""
Write-Output "All finished! Happy hacking!"
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ShishkinP commented May 22, 2020


Docker installation went fine, but when I try to run docker pull hello-world in powershell with admin privileges, this error message appears:

error during connect: Get http://%2F%2F.%2Fpipe%2Fdocker_engine/v1.40/containers/json: open //./pipe/docker_engine: The system cannot find the file specified. In the default daemon configuration on Windows, the docker client must be run elevated to connect. This error may also indicate that the docker daemon is not running.

Solved it by manually running 'dockerd.exe' located in 'C:\Program Files\Docker\Docker\resources'

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belarba commented Jun 10, 2020

When I restart the computer, all stops working. Any clues?

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