Insight recommends Windows 10 Pro

Designed to meet the needs of our advanced users deploying their Workstation PCs in demanding and mission-critical scenarios. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be delivered as part of our Fall Creators Update, available this fall.

Hardware manufacturers are required to update their OS offerings to include this new Windows 10 Pro edition by October 1, 2017.

As a result, “Windows 10 Pro for Workstations” will be the operating system selected for any new system ordered with an Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processor as of August 15, 2017.

The number of physical processor cores in the chassis will determine the OS offering as follows:

  • Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations (this will be required with any Xeon or Opteron system with less than or equal to 4 cores).
  • Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations Plus (this will be required with any Xeon or AMD Opteron system with greater than 4 cores).

The new Windows 10 Pro 64 for Workstations offering will also be available with a Downgrade to Windows 7 until October 15, 2018.


The value of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is directly aligned to increase the performance and reliability of high-end PCs, with the following features:

ReFS (Resilient file system)

ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. ReFS is designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more. It protects your data with integrity streams on your mirrored storage spaces. Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.

Persistent memory

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations provides the most demanding apps and data with the performance they require with non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware. NVDIMM-N enables you to read and write your files with the fastest speed possible, the speed of the computer’s main memory. Because NVDIMM-N is non-volatile memory, your files will still be there, even when you switch your workstation off.

Faster file sharing

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations includes a feature called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. Network adapters that have RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU. For applications that access large datasets on remote SMB file shares, this feature enables:

- Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed.
- Low latency: Provides extremely fast responses to network requests, and, as a result, makes remote file storage feel as if it is directly attached storage.
- Low CPU utilization: Uses fewer CPU cycles when transferring data over the network, which leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.

Expanded hardware support

One of the top pain points expressed by our Windows Insiders was the limits on taking advantage of the raw power of their machine. Hence, we are expanding hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Users will now be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on devices with high performance configurations including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs (today limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (today limited to 2TB).

Any Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron system with Windows 10 Pro already in use will not require a license of the new edition.

However, if you wish to access the features of the new OS, Microsoft will have an upgrade option for sale from the Microsoft Store after their Windows 10 Fall 2017 Update releases.

For further details contact your Insight account manager. 

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