Master Docker Desktop on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise (Version 15063+): A Comprehensive Guide

Docker Desktop is the easiest way to get started with Docker on Windows. It provides a simple, intuitive, and visually appealing user interface that makes it easy to manage your containers and images. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of installing, configuring, and using Docker Desktop on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise (Version 15063+) to streamline your development process and make it more efficient.

Table of Contents

  1. Prerequisites
  2. Installing Docker Desktop
  3. Configuring Docker Desktop
  4. Using Docker Desktop
  5. FAQs
  6. Related Links


Before you dive into this guide, make sure you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise (Version 15063 or higher)
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • Virtualization enabled in BIOS
  • Hyper-V feature installed

Installing Docker Desktop

Follow the steps below to install Docker Desktop on your Windows 10 machine:

Download Docker Desktop: Visit the official Docker Desktop download page and click on the "Get Docker for Windows (stable)" button to download the installer.

Run the installer: Double-click on the downloaded installer file (Docker Desktop Installer.exe) to start the installation process.

Accept the license: Read the Docker Software End User License Agreement and click on the "I accept the terms in the License Agreement" checkbox.

Choose the installation type: Select the "Install required Windows components for WSL 2" checkbox to enable the WSL 2 backend. Click on "Install" to start the installation.

Complete the installation: Wait for the installation process to complete. Once done, click on "Close" to exit the installer. Docker Desktop will start automatically.

Configuring Docker Desktop

To configure Docker Desktop, follow the steps below:

Open Docker Desktop settings: Right-click on the Docker icon in the system tray and click on "Settings".

Configure resources: In the "Resources" tab, allocate the desired amount of CPU, Memory, and Swap file as per your requirements.

Configure proxies: If you're behind a proxy server, go to the "Proxies" tab and configure the HTTP and HTTPS proxy settings.

Configure file sharing: In the "File Sharing" tab, add the folders you want to share between your host system and containers.

Configure network: You can configure the Docker Desktop network settings in the "Network" tab.

Enable Kubernetes: If you want to use Kubernetes with Docker Desktop, go to the "Kubernetes" tab and enable the "Enable Kubernetes" checkbox.

  1. Apply changes: Click on "Apply & Restart" to save your configuration changes and restart Docker Desktop.

Using Docker Desktop

With Docker Desktop installed and configured, you can now start using it to manage your containers and images. Some common tasks include:

Pulling an image: Pull an image from Docker Hub using the docker pull command, for example:

docker pull nginx

Running a container: Run a container from an image using the docker run command, for example:

docker run -d -p 80:80 --name my-nginx nginx

Listing containers: List all running containers using the docker ps command.

Stopping a container: Stop a running container using the docker stop command, for example:

docker stop my-nginx

Removing a container: Remove a stopped container using the docker rm command, for example:

docker rm my-nginx


How do I check if virtualization is enabled on my system?

Open the Task Manager, go to the "Performance" tab, and look for the "Virtualization" entry under the "CPU" section. If it says "Enabled", virtualization is enabled on your system.

How do I enable virtualization in BIOS?

The process to enable virtualization in BIOS varies depending on the manufacturer and model of your computer. Refer to your computer's documentation or contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to enable virtualization in BIOS.

Can I use Docker Desktop with Windows 10 Home?

Docker Desktop requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise (Version 15063 or higher). However, you can use Docker Toolbox as an alternative on Windows 10 Home.

How do I update Docker Desktop?

Docker Desktop will automatically check for updates and prompt you to install them when available. You can also manually check for updates by clicking on "Check for updates" in the Docker Desktop settings.

Can I use Docker Desktop with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux)?

Yes, Docker Desktop supports WSL 2 as a backend, which offers better performance and compatibility compared to the legacy Hyper-V backend.

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