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[SOLVED] Docker Failed to Start - Docker Desktop for Windows

Issue Type: Docker Failed to Start
OS Version/Build: Windows 10 - 10.0.18363 Build 18363
App Version: “Client: Docker Engine - Community
Cloud integration: 1.0.9
Version: 20.10.5
API version: 1.41
Go version: go1.13.15
Git commit: 55c4c88
Built: Tue Mar 2 20:14:53 2021
OS/Arch: windows/amd64
Context: default
Experimental: true”

Steps to reproduce: Install Docker and try to run Linux Containers

I have Hyper-V checked and WSL installed and running.

On install, Docker fails to start (with Linux Containers). But if I switch to Windows Containers, Docker starts without any problems. I am then unable to switch back to Linux Containers.

I’ve tried uninstalling/reinstalling Docker Desktop but doesn’t affect the outcome.
I have “Use the WSL 2 based engine” checked in the General settings.

It also looks like the “Enable Integration with additional distros:” isn’t working? I see my two distros in the Resources/WSL Integration settings (Ubuntu-18.04 and Ubuntu-20.04) and have both of them checked but when I launch either of them, I get the following message when trying to run “docker version” implying that docker isn’t actually integrated:
“The command ‘docker’ could not be found in this WSL 2 distro.
We recommend to activate the WSL integration in Docker Desktop settings.”

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I’ve been trying to solve this problem for longer than I care to admit…

Crash report - 1A420717-40DD-42DB-9F86-BC539439321E/20210406170617


Docker is running now.

Many different troubleshooting steps were taken but the last steps that I took before it was successful was the following:

  1. Uninstall Docker Desktop
  2. Restart computer
  3. Install Docker Desktop (make sure to install it with admin rights)

I had uninstalled/reinstalled docker many times and separately restarted my laptop many times but am not sure that I followed the exact steps above in that order.

After this, I was also able to enable integration with my additional WSL 2 distros.
Hope this helps someone else who is having a similar problem.

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Further testing after running into the same problem after computer restart. I think the problem was actually resolved by running Docker Desktop as Administrator. I think there are some conflicting admin privileges that might be leading to problems? A lot of speculation but hoping this helps someone else.

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Worked for me many thanks !

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im facing an issue plz help me

Start/Enable Hyper-V

delete %appdata%\Docker\settings.json and let Docker to create a new one


This worked - thanks!

This fixed the problem for me

This solved it thanks

Right on the point. Great Tip!

This works for me in a well regulated corporation laptop. Thanks!

I’ve deleted %appdata%\Docker and %appdata%\Docker Desktop. After that everything is OK for me.


This solution worked for me

Yes, reinstalling and running as administrator worked. thanks.