Error You might need to start Docker for Windows How do i start the daemon

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Trying to use Docker on my Windows 10 SurfaceBook 2 for the first time. In VS Code tried running:

$ ./manage start --logs 

that returns

ERROR: Couldn't connect to Docker daemon.

services shows Docker for Windows Service is running (but services disables restart option).

upgraded to the latest version of dockers for windows today 


$ docker version
Client: Docker Engine - Community
 Version:           19.03.8
 API version:       1.40
 Go version:        go1.12.17
 Git commit:        afacb8b
 Built:             Wed Mar 11 01:23:10 2020
 OS/Arch:           windows/amd64
 Experimental:      false
error during connect: Get http://%2F%2F.%2Fpipe%2Fdocker_engine/v1.40/version: open //./pipe/docker_engine: The system cannot find the file specified. In the default daemon configuration on Windows, the docker client must be run elevated to connect. This error may also indicate that the docker daemon is not running.

in an elevated powershell, tried instructions on, but "dockerd not recognized" was all i could see.

not sure what to do next...


May 19, 2020 in DevOps & Agile by mcorning
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recategorized May 19, 2020 by Gitika 7,764 views

1 answer to this question.

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If you are running containers with Docker, it implies you are running the Docker daemon. This daemon currently requires privileges. To avoid this try to run with root access or set permission for that file.

$ chmod +x /var/lib/docker
answered May 19, 2020 by MD
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