How to disable or enable ReFS or Resilient File System on Windows 10

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  1. jjstccean

    Great thank you. Though, if formatting a drive as ReFS will it be compatible on Windows 7?

  2. Darshan

    It should! Provided that the drive in question has its file system type as ReFS. You can confirm that from Properties window (Press Alt+Enter after selecting the drive).

  3. jjstccean

    I’m having problems when doing those two steps in my windows registry. Suddenly the windows restore point is having a problem and can’t start. I’ve disabled the two settings, done a restart but no avail. How can I fix this.

  4. jjstccean

    Yes, probably I was more gullible than taking precautionary measures before implementing these settings in Windows 10. Even though the article warns to create a restore point. I would just like to mention about a problem I was faced with and which had me in a mad spin. A day or so after I implemented the settings I’ve been faced with a “System Protection Property Window” was grayed out and faced with this error prompt: System Restore encountered an error 0x81000203. No matter what I tried, turning on Volume Shadow Copy, Task Scheduler & Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Services – the problem remained. I had the problem on two computers. It then occurred to that I should try and set the refs’ setting to 0 and try again. Still the problem remains. I then completely removed, deleted the refs entries from the Registry at which stage the problem was solved.

    Please understand, I’m not blaming this article, I just want to bring this issue to your attention.

  5. Darshan

    I’m hoping your problem is resolved now. While being experimental on Registry Editor, we should always have a system restore point created where you would like to revert back in case anything goes south. Also, at times any anti-virus installed on your system might cause the trouble. You can uninstall it before such changes and install it again afterwards.
    Additionally, try running the sfc /scannow and DISM /cleanup image commands to gain an insight in the error.
    Let us know if you still require help with anything.

  6. Plast0000

    no
    because W7 lacks the REFS driver
    it’s available only in Windows 8.1+

  7. Dan Gul

    This should be updated to indicate that your system will break (albeit until one can revert the changes above). Post anniversary update this will basically render the system unusable AND one still won’t be able to format in ReFS. I got around this by using a WinPE disk to do the format there. But this becomes an issue if someone uses iSCSI disks.

    This is an artificial limitation MS put in on purpose clearly as it does not exist at all on WinServer 2016 at all.

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