Windows Rumor: Windows 10 Workstation Edition with No File History


Let’s blame on the unintentional release of Windows 10 build 16212 from Microsoft that caused a chaotic situation last week. But it also seems to be a good opportunity for some Windows 10 users to shine and dig into what Microsoft is up to.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstation

Twitter user @AnditsTito spotted three new Windows SKUs in the build 16212:

  • Windows 10 Pro for  Advanced PCs
  • Windows 10 Pro N for Advanced PCs
  • Windows Server 2016 ServerRdsh

In a leaked slide, Microsoft describes this Pro for Advanced PCs edition as “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation” with four main capabilities:

  • Workstation mode – once enabled, it optimize the OS to provide peak performance and reliability.
  • Resilient file system – a file system that supports fault-tolerance and auto-correcting with optimization for large data volumes.
  • Faster file handling – includes the SMBDirect protocol for file sharing and high throughput, low latency, and low CPU utilization when accessing network shares.
  • Expanded hardware support – supports up to 4 CPUs and a memory limit of 6TB.

It’s truly designed for any power user who is processing a massive amount of data on daily basis.

No more File History

Another Twitter user @h0x0d (WalkingCat) suspected this:

While it’s unclear what Microsoft’s real plan is here, Paul Throttle thinks it’s a good move and is betting on File History being tied to the OneDrive cloud.

It makes a lot of senses to me too. File History has been part of Windows for years but I never used it. It seems to be redundant to me since the cloud services I am using already have version control feature built-in.

For File History to work efficiently, to work correctly, it needs to be a feature of OneDrive, not Windows 10.

I won’t be surprised seeing no more File History in future Windows 10 builds. What’s more interesting is to see how this feature is going to be integrated into OneDrive. I would be much happier if I can just right-click the file saved in OneDrive and retrieve a version of that file from previous versions.

Finally, if rumors are true, we will be seeing them be released sooner in future build releases for Windows Insiders. Stay tuned.


  1. Wait a minute Kent, are you telling me that Windows isn’t already optimized to provide peak performance and reliability? That it could have been, and Microsoft has deliberately made it less reliable?

    • Haha…good point. I guess the new rumored Workstation version meant for the hardware that is not even supported by the current Pro edition which only supports up to 2 CPUs for the moment. You can’t reach the peak performance of a 4-CPU machine with 1TB of RAM using Windows 10 Pro, right? 🙂

      • Heh, I know I can’t 🙂

        Microsoft appears to be drifting back to releasing many different confusing versions of Windows, after seemingly making an effort to reduce the number of versions?

        • I was wondering the same…why not just making the Pro real Pro that covers all. Why we need an S edition while it’s possible to implement a setting that disables all apps outside the Store? Well, guess we will just wait and see.


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