WSL - Installing Fresh on Win10 in 2021

Installed with:

choco install wsl -y

Continued install with:

While moving from WSL 1 to 2, had this pop-up:

Virtual hard disk files must be uncompressed and unencrypted and must not be sparse

... and after a quick Google-Foo:

  • cd ~\AppData\Local\Package\CanonicalGroupLimited.Ubuntu20.04onWindows_79rhkp1fndgsc
  • ii .
  • Go to the properties on the directory: LocalState
  • Uncheck: "Compress contents to save disk space" and "Encrypt contents to secure data"
  • Apply


  • wsl --set-version Ubuntu-20.04 2
  • wsl --set-default-version 2


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