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Latest WSA for Windows 11 Greatly Improves Android Apps Load and Run Speeds [Download Build 2208.40000.4.0]

Microsoft released a new Windows Subsystem for Android build 2208.40000.4.0 for Windows 11 . Here is how to download and install WSA.

Microsoft released the most anticipated Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) update to Android 12.1/12L earlier this year. Today’s WSA update with build 2208.40000.4.0 adds tons of stability improvements, greatly improves the Android app load times, improved smoothness, performance improvements.

Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) allows Windows 11 users to run Android apps on the Windows systems natively. WSA is similar to WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux). It can run Android apps on Windows 11 PCs like they are native to the operating system.

With Windows 11 build 21H2 or newer, users can install WSA and run Android apps on their computers. It was first only available to Windows Insiders, i.e. on the Beta or Dev channel. For select stable Windows 11 PCs, you can now install WSA directly from the Windows Store.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the latest WSA build with Android 12.1 on any Windows 11 build including the stable/production channel.

Latest Windows Subsystem for Android patch notes for Windows 11

Microsoft’s patch notes for WSA update from September 2022 shocases all the changes in the latest version 2208.40000.4.0. It adds features on top of Android 12.1 and improves upon it.

The most important change you will notice is the improvement in app scrolling smoothness. The Android apps load faster and smoother. Plus, App Not Responding (ANR) errors have been fixed on all systems.

Microsoft greatly improved startup performance for WSS. Added usability Improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app as well. Fixed crashes when copying and pasting extremely large content.

Full Changelog

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Reliability fixes for App Not Responding (ANR) errors
  • Improvements to input compatibility shims
  • Improvements to scrolling (smoothness) in apps
  • Usability Improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Startup performance improvements
  • Fixed crashes when copying and pasting extremely large content
  • UX improvements for the game controls dialog
  • Improvements to networking
  • General graphics improvements
  • Improvements for gamepad when using multiple apps
  • Improved performance of uninstalling apps
  • Fixed video playback issue for apps
  • Updated to Chromium WebView 104
  • Linux kernel security updates

Note that the official WSA on Windows 11 comes in collaboration with the Amazon App Store. So you will not see Google apps like the Play Store and Play Services; which, to be honest, are quite essential for many apps.

However, don’t worry here is a tutorial on how to root WSA with Magisk and install Google Play Store. Similar to how we bypassed the Windows 11 TPM and Secure Boot requirements.

As an alternative, using the microG or Vanced microG, you can install YouTube Vanced or Vanced Music and YouTube ReVanced without Google Play Services for now. Stay tuned for rooted WSA with Google Play Store tutorial.

Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 with Android 12.1
Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 with Android 12.1

Download Latest Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11

Select Windows 11 stable builds and all Beta Channel or Dev Channel can directly download the latest Windows Subsystem for Android update with Amazon Appstore from here. Note that WSA is currently onlu available in USA and Japan.

So for all other countries, download the WSA from below.

For stable or production versions,

How to Install WSA on any Windows 11 devices?

Alternatively, follow the tutorial below if you want to download the latest WSA from Microsoft servers.

1. Enable Virtual Machine Platform

  • Click on Start.
  • Search for Turn Windows features on or off. Click on the first option.
  • Scroll down and search Virtual Machine Platform.
  • Checkbox and click OK.
  • Restart Windows.

2. Install Microsoft UI Xaml 2.6+

The Microsoft UI Xaml includes the framework to run Windows Subsystem for Android. It comes pre-installed on Windows Insider builds – Beta and Dev Channel. For stable Windows 11 device, you will need this app.

Otherwise, you will get an error while trying to install WSA similar to this:

Windows cannot install package MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe because this package depends on a framework that could not be found. Provide the framework “Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6” published by “CN=Microsoft Corporation, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US”, with neutral or x64 processor architecture and minimum version 2.62108.18004.0, along with this package to install. The frameworks with name “Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6” currently installed are Windows cannot install package MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe because this package depends on a framework that could not be found. Provide the framework “Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6” published by “CN=Microsoft Corporation, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US”, with neutral or x64 processor architecture and minimum version 2.62108.18004.0, along with this package to install. The frameworks with name “Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6” currently installed are: {}

Steps to install Microsoft UI Xaml:

  • Launch a browser.
  • Visit the website – rg-adguard.net
  • Then change the first option to ProductID.
  • Paste 9P3395VX91NR in the search bar.
  • Change the channel to RP.
  • Click on the ✅ button.
  • Let it generate the list of files.
  • Download the following file from the list
  • Microsoft.UI.Xaml.2.6_2.62112.3002.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe.appx
    Make sure to download the x64 version. The version may change with time.install Microsoft UI Xaml WSA framework windows 11
  • Double click the file once it gets downloaded.
  • Install the file
  • You are now ready to install WSA

Install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11

  1. Let’s download the Windows Subsystem for Android. You can also get the package from the downloads above and skip to Step 11.
  2. Visit store.rg-adguard.net again.
  3. Change the first option to ProductID.
  4. Paste 9P3395VX91NR in the search bar.
  5. Change the channel to Slow.
  6. It should look like this.Download WSA Android 12.1
  7. Click on the ✅ button.
  8. Let it generate the list of files.
  9. Download the following file from the list
  10. MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_2208.40000.4.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle
    Should be the last one with a 1.3 GB file size.Download WSA Android 12.1 screenshot
  11. Go to the location where you have downloaded the WSA bundle file.
  12. Right Click on the WSA file and select Copy as Path.Install WSA Android 12.1 screenshot 1
  13. Now, search for Windows PowerShell in the Windows search.
  14. Launch the PowerShell as administrator.windows powershell windows 11
  15. Paste the following code in the PowerShell window:
Add-AppxPackage -Path
  • Right after the -Path text, press the spacebar, and paste the “Copy as Path” text from earlier using keyboard shortcut CTRL + V.
  • The code should look like this:
Add-AppxPackage -Path "C:UsersDownloadsWSAMicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_2204.40000.19.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle"
Install WSA Android 12.1 using PowerShell

Note: Make sure to replace the path in double quotes to the actual WSA file path and make sure the file extension is present at the end of the query, i.e., .Msixbundle

  • Let the installation finish.
  • Once done, type Android in the Windows Search and you will see the Windows Subsystem for Android installed.
WSA on Windows 11 with Android 12.1

That’s it. Enjoy Android on Windows!

Before you go, see these important tutorials:

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