Windows 11 gets ReFS: Microsoft is preparing an update for the robust file system


Microsoft has started evaluating the Microsoft Resilient File System (ReFS), which was previously intended primarily for high-performance computers and servers, in the Insider Preview of Windows 11. Users can already try out the file system in the current preview with build number 25281.

Microsoft ReFS can be activated under Windows 11

< p class="p text-width">As Windows Insider and Twitter user @XenoPanther, who is known for such releases, found out, Microsoft's latest file system can already be activated in the current 10.0.25281.1000 rs_prerelease, which is the full name of the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview in the Dev Channel.

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The company defined the primary goals that Microsoft is pursuing with the introduction of ReFS as follows:

Main features of the ReFS file system

  • Automatic correction of detected data errors
  • Access possible with all known operating systems
  • Transaction model for maintaining consistency
  • Checking of data when reading and writing
  • < li>larger address volume for data

  • Fault tolerance through redundancy
  • Scaling of the test tools
  • Striping of data

In addition, the focus is on NTFS compatibility and a merging of file systems across multiple computer systems.

Criticism was caused by the fact that Microsoft regards the features of ReFS and its testing strategy as competitive features and does not disclose them.

Try Microsoft ReFS on Windows 11

Basic requirements for using the new file system are the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25281, which Microsoft released yesterday in the Dev Channel, and the ViVe tool v0.3.2 (ZIP), which is available via GitHub.

Enable Microsoft ReFS on Windows 11

  • Download Vive tool → Unzip archive
  • < li>Right click in the folder → Open in Windows Terminal

Then all you have to do is enter the following command via the terminal* prompt:

  • vivetool /enable/id:42189933 → activate
  • vivetool /disable /id:42189933 → deactivate

*) the terminal must be started as administrator< /p>

After restarting the operating system, the ReFS file system is available under Windows 11 and can be tried out accordingly.

Insiders can activate hidden features

With the help of the Vive tool, more can be activated Unlock hidden settings and features in the respective Insider Preview of Windows 11. Which these are can be found in the overview maintained by “Windows Development MVP” Rafael Rivera on the GitHub developer platform.

Other hidden features of Windows 11

  • Windows 11: Microsoft tests new task manager
  • Windows 11: Microsoft tests VPN connections in the taskbar
  • Windows 11: Microsoft tests two search fields in the taskbar
  • Windows 11: Microsoft makes the taskbar overflow

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