Windows 10 Pro For Workstations Will Debut Alongside Fall Creators Update

Microsoft announced that a new version of Windows 10 made specifically for workstations, the aptly named "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations," will debut alongside the consumer-focused Fall Creators Update later this year. The company said this new iteration of Windows 10 Pro "comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads."

In its announcement, Microsoft said Windows 10 Pro for Workstations was designed for people "deploying their Workstation PCs in demanding and mission-critical scenarios." The company also made it clear that people have been asking for something like this for a while, especially via the Windows Insider Program, and it seems like the Fall Creators Update offered the perfect opportunity to answer to those requests.

So what separates Windows 10 Pro for Workstations from Windows 10 Pro? One key feature is ReFS, which is designed to offer "cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces." Other highlights include support for persistent memory via NVDIMM-N and faster file sharing through SMB Direct. All of these changes should make it easier for workstations to handle intense computing tasks and store critical data.

But the flagship change is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations' support for more powerful hardware. Microsoft said much of the feedback it received involved Windows 10's inability to take advantage of increasingly sophisticated and souped-up systems. That's why you'll now be able to use up to four CPUs and up to 6TB of memory, which is double and triple, respectively, what's supported in Windows 10 Pro right now.

Those expansions aren't the only changes Microsoft has made to allow Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to leverage powerful hardware:

Performance is a very important requirement in this new world of fast paced innovation and we will continue to invest on Windows 10 Pro for Workstations to enable Windows power users to maximize every aspect of their high-performance device. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations utilizes significant investments, that Windows has made in recent releases, for scaling up across a high number of logical processors and large amounts of memory. Our architectural changes in the Windows kernel take full advantage of high-end processors families, such as Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron, that package a high number of cores in single or multi-processor configurations.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is set to debut alongside the Fall Creators Update. We still don't have a release date for this update, but given the seasonal nature of its name, we don't think we'll have to wait much longer. Also, we can't help but appreciate the "business in the front, party in the back" approach Microsoft has taken here. Creators get what they want via the Fall Creators Update, and IT admins get what they want from Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Microsoft has either purposely or accidentally stumbled upon the mullet of operating system releases.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • captaincharisma
    as long as this edition doesn't force an install of candy crush on your PC its a winner :)
  • drtweak
    Well its ABOUT F'EN TIME MS! Some people who buy 4 CPU boards NEED Windows and not Server.
  • trentonknew
    I don't understand... Why couldn't they just make Windows 10 Pro support this type oh hardware? Why segment the platform further? Win 10/10Pro/ENT/Ent-LTSB/Pro-WKST are we also going to see an Enterprise-Workstation? What about Enterprise Workstation LTSB?

    On the other hand, outside of choosing the correct processor architecture, you can get one Linux distro, and it just works, regardless of the CPU or RAM quantity.
  • hannibal
    Hmmm. Why ReFS only in this edition? Also normal consumer would benefit from more reliable storage standard...
  • targetdrone
    Has the definition of a "workstation" changed? 4 CPUs and 6TB of Ram isn't a workstation system. That's a SERVER.
  • velocityg4
    Couldn't they come up with something better than Windows 10 Pro for Workstations? Windows 10 Elite, Windows 10 Premiere, Windows 10 Enthusiast, Windows 10 Extreme, Windows 10 Filch, Windows 10 Platinum, Windows 10 J.A.R.V.I.S.

    Why not just make this standard for Windows 10 Pro? Give people more reasons to buy Pro than Home. I'd think the increase in sales of people opting for Windows Pro over Home would be greater than those opting for Pro Workstation over Pro.

    As it stands the cost of Pro over Home isn't worth it to me as the only features I want is GPedit and Bitlocker. The addition of SMB Direct and ReFS would be tempting. But not to pay anymore than an OEM Pro license currently costs.

    Although if I was using a workstation which required running Windows server due to hardware. I would be quite happy. A lot of software vendors make you pay through the nose if you run Windows Server. Just to run the same exact program user computer. They don't care if it is a single user PC. If they see Windows Server they see $$$.
  • velocityg4
    Not sure how it ended up double posting.
  • jimmyEatWord
    it must be cause of everyone has access to fiber optics so they can run their own servers
  • shpankey
  • lorfa
    The Super Mario Bros. are good at transferring files I guess