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Docker for beginners: Installing Docker on Windows 10

Before Installation
As a beginner this part can easily be overlooked but it is an important step. There are some system requirements before installing Docker, in this case, on Windows OS and here is a guide on what to do before installation.

  • Check the Windows version that you are using.
    The latest Docker version runs on Windows 10 64-bit: Pro, Enterprise, or Education (Build 16299 or later).
    There is also a Docker package for Windows 10 Home.

  • Check the RAM size. Another system requirement is 4GB system RAM.

Below are the rest of the system requirements;

  • Hyper-V and Containers Windows features must be enabled.
  • BIOS-level hardware virtualization support must be enabled in the BIOS settings. After confirming this, you can also have a look at the product manual and then download and install Docker.

Confirming installation
Open the terminal and type the following.

docker -v

You should see a docker version. If you don't see a Docker version, reinstall or restart your machine.

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Hakeem Adjei

This is great. How has your experience with Docker been so far

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Stephanie Opala Author

I have only used it as part of a react project that I was doing in a bootcamp. Therefore, I don't have much to say about it. Either way, it was a great experience.

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Stephanie Opala Author

I had a little bit of trouble trying to install it, but it was my fault since I didn't get to check the system requirements beforehand. I fixed the problem either way. And decided to write a blog about itπŸ˜„.

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Benjamin Rukundo

I am yet to install it on my steam too as I plan to use it in an assignment for a bootcamp and I was surely checking out your article to view my system requirements.

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Stephanie Opala Author

That's great.