How to Fix the Error “The Current Active Partition Is Compressed” by


The perpetual evolution and progress of technology may yield a great many advantages, but it doesn’t come without its own fair share of issues. Case in point would be Windows 10, specifically its installation or upgrade from its previous versions. While it certainly makes everything far easier to use, a lot of people are getting a particularly cryptic error message stating that the current active partition is compressed.

This may sound like something only tech-savvy individuals may fully understand but the main cause often boils down to the lack of storage space for the new operating system, which in turn compresses the drive of its installation path. Here are a few ways that you can get around this obstacle by

Check first whether the install partition is active or compressed

It is good common practice to always check whether the compression does indeed exist, and this can be done by running comp via the search bar of the start menu. This will bring up the computer management which can then be run right-clicking on it and choosing the option to run as an administrator. Depending on the computer’s performance, it may take a while for a new window to pop up.

Once it has been determined that the partition is indeed compressed, the next logical step would be to make sure that the drive is uncompressed by unchecking the checkbox indicating to compress the drive to save disk space which can be accomplished by selecting properties followed by choosing the general tab. You can also access this by going straight to right-clicking on the appropriate drive via Windows Explorer.

What if the drive isn’t compressed?

In the unlikely situation that the drive isn’t compressed and that there’s ample space for upgrading to the newest version of the operating system, another issue could potentially be at fault. It is at this point that a clean installation of the operating system might be necessary, but a general rule of thumb is to make sure you back up any important files first before this is done as you more than likely risk losing them all during the installation.

There are a number of resources online with instructions on how to do so, but if you aren’t confident still then having someone experienced to do it for you would certainly be better.

At the end of the day, it’s certainly still possible to use an older operating system without encountering too many issues but it is uneconomical to do so, given the benefits that its newest iteration yields. As tedious and time-consuming as it may be to fix these issues, it’s certainly worth doing since you’ll be future-proofing your computer this way.









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