ReFS File System Support Removed From Windows 10 Pro

Expected? You tell. It looks like Microsoft is removing support for its next generation file system, ReFS, in Windows 10. And instead, the company will leave it in two other variants of its OS.

Windows 10 Enterprise and the newly announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

The feature debuted back in 2013 on Windows Server 2012, and was also available on Windows 8.1 and later versions of the OS. Microsoft basically designed this new file system with the intent of it becoming the next standard after NTFS.

To be honest, there has been a lot of confusion lately around the features that are being removed or deprecated with the release of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Case in point, the popular Paint app, which generated a lot of headlines.

But it looks like that Windows 10 Pro will lose the ability to create new volumes using Microsoft’s Resilient File System.

The removal was first spotted by a Twitter user who saw it in a recently added note on a support page for the Fall Creators Update.

Starting with the Fall Creator Update, only PCs running Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Pro for Workstations variants of the OS will be able to create new ReFS volumes, though all other versions of Windows 10 will keep read and write ability.

Meaning, if you have created a ReFS volume for yourself, you will still be able to use it after you update to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

ReFS overcame many of the significant issues that NTFS, and was designed to be resilient to data corruption, as well as allowing PCs to handle large data volumes. ReFS volumes are not bootable, though, but essentially offer a more efficient file system for power users.

This departure, then, make sense.

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