NTFS file compression feature is available on Windows operating system. Windows users can use this feature to compress files to save space on NTFS hard drives. However, in some cases, this feature reduces the system performance as well as consumes many sources on the system. So to speed up Windows, you should disable this feature.

1. Use Local Group Policy Editor

Step 1:

Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window. Here you enter gpedit.mscand press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

Open the Local Group Policy Editor window

Step 2:

In the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following link:

Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => System => Filesystem => NTFS

Next find and double-click the Do not allow compression option on all NTFS volumesin the right pane.

Find and double-click the Do not allow compression option on all NTFS volumes in the right pane

Step 3:

On the Do not allow compression on all NTFS volumes window, select Enabled to disable NTFS file compression. Once done, click Apply then click OK .

Select Enabled

Step 4:

If you want to enable file compression, perform the same steps and select Disabled on the Do not allow compression on all NTFS volumes.

Select Disabled

Restart the system to apply changes.

2. Use Command Prompt

Step 1:

Open Command Prompt under Admin. To do this, enter cmd in the Search box on the Start Menu. On the search results list, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

 Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator

Step 2:

Enter the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter to disable NTFS file compression:

fsutil behavior set DisableCompression 1

 disable NTFS file compression

Step 3:

If you want to enable NTFS file compression, enter the following command into the Command Prompt window and press Enter:

fsutil behavior set DisableCompression 0

enable NTFS file compression

3. Use Registry Editor

Step 1:

Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run command window. At the Run command window, enter regedit and then press Enter to open the Registry Editor window.

Open the Registry Editor window

Step 2:

On the Registry Editor window, navigate to the key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Control File File System

Here in the left pane, find and double-click the value named NtfsDisableCompression.

Find and double-click the value named NtfsDisableCompression

Step 3:

To disable NTFS compression feature, you enter values in a Value data as 1 . Click OKand restart the system to save the changes.

disable NTFS file compression

Step 4:

To re-enable NTFS file compression, enter a value of 0 in the Value data box. Click OKand restart the system to save the changes.

Re-enable NTFS file compression

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Good luck!