How To Disable File Compression Using Group Policy and Command Prompt on Windows 11 or 10?

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What is File Compression?

Have you heard anything about file compression? File compression is a data compression method in which the logical size of a file is reduced to save disk space for easier and faster transmission over a network or the Internet. The two blue color opposite arrows appear on files/ folders when you or Windows automatically compress them to reduce their overall size on your hard drive.

If your PC is running out of space, it shows these problems on the file or folders. It enables the creation of a version of one or more files with the same data at a size substantially smaller than the original file. Here we will discuss some solutions.

A file compression tool was built into the filesystem on windows 11 and 10. This process is called NTFS file compression, which windows automatically uses to compress files and folders on an NTFS drive. Hence, Windows 11 and 10 are installed on the NTFS drive.

How to Disable File Compression using Group Policy?

Follow these steps to access the file compression:

Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. When this Local Group Policy Editor window appears on your computer, steer for the below path in the left side pane:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Filesystem > NTFS

Step 3. NTFS folder is on the right side of the pane and double-clicks the policy “Do not allow compression on all NTFS volumes.”

Step 4. Select the option Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes that you modified.

How to Disable File Compression using Command Prompt?

Follow these steps to turn off file compression:

Step 1. First, open an elevated Command Prompt.

Step 2. Then, type the following and hit the Enter key to disable file compression:-

fsutil behavior set disablecompression 1

Step 3. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

To enable the file compression, open the elevated command prompt, type the following, and hit Enter key on the keyboard:-

fsutil behavior set disablecompression 0

Thank you, guys, and keep in learning mode.

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