On my Windows machine, I’ve mostly moved from using separate virtual machine products like Hyper-V or Virtualbox to have access to a Linux machine to using WSL. The PC is dual-boot with a separate Linux install anyway, but sometimes I just want to quickly fire up a Linux machine, take care of a couple of quick tasks and go back to Windows.
WSL installs Ubuntu by default, but I tend to want a different distribution like OpenSUSE, Fedora etc. To not end up with a “spare” Ubuntu install, you can eitehr install WSL on a fresh Windows install without specifying a distributuion using
wsl --install --no-distribution or by installing a different distribution immediately using
wsl --install -d <distro name>.