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  • A bumpy road for January


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    I’m always conservative, but this month you must delay applying updates to avoid side effects. Business patchers — you face tough choices.

    We are seeing reports of various issues with this month’s updates, some of which are so extreme that patching administrators in businesses have had to remove or roll back updates. Even for consumer and home users, I suggest holding off; it’s way too soon for me to feel comfortable recommending updates.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 19.03.0 (2022-01-17).

  • Resilient File System (ReFS) “Create” ability being pulled from Win10 Pro

    @abbodi86 just noted a change in the list of features deprecated (removed) from Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, expected this October or so.

    That document now says:

    Resilient File System (ReFS)

    Creation ability will be available in the following editions only: Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

    Creation ability will be removed from all other editions.  All other editions will have Read and Write ability.

    (added: August 17, 2017)

    Microsoft’s Resilient File System (ReFS) was introduced in Server 2012, and has been built into all versions of Windows 10. Few individuals bother with it, but PCs that handle massive amounts of data can benefit from ReFS’s improved data handling, the ability to create truly huge logical drives, regardless of physical drive space limitations, built-in redundancy, and removal of many of the limitations imposed by the current file system, NTFS.

    Mauro Huculak at Windows Central has a good overview of how to use ReFS on any Windows 10 machine.

    Apparently, in the future, all Win10 machines will be able to use ReFS volumes – but only Enterprise and Win10 Pro for Workstations users will be able to create them.

    Think of it as another way to convince Win10 Pro users to spend the extra bucks for Win for Workstations. I expect we’ll see more differentiating features before details on Win for Workstations roll out. Price, for example.