WSL2: How to Fix "Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse"
I recently migrated from WSL 1 to WSL 2, which is simply a new version of the WSL architecture that changes how Linux distributions interact with Windows.
I was trying to set my WSL version with this command:
# Set Ubuntu distro to WSL 2 wsl --set-version Ubuntu-20.04 2
This resulted in the following error:
The requested operation could not be completed due to a virtual disk limitation. Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse
In order to fix this, open up
File Explorer and navigate to:
Right click on
Compress contents to save disk space and
Encrypt contents to secure data are both deselected.
Apply changes to this folder only
Voila. You’re free to use