Enabling ReFS using the registry

If you don’t have anything that points to the ReFS you might need to enable it. For this we can use a registry editor. The procedure works perfect on Windows 8.1 and 10:

  1. Running the registry editor (Win+R and enter regedit);

  2. Go to this branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem;

  3. In the right part of the window, create a 32-bit DWORD parameter, with the name RefsDisableLastAccessUpdate;

  4. Enter 1 as a value.

  5. Find the branch HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control;

  6. Create a section with the name MiniNT, as a result, the path to it should be like this: "...\CurrentControlSet\Control\MiniNT";

  7. Ii there we create a 32-bit DWORD parameter and call it AllowRefsFormatOverNonmirrorVolume;

  8. The value must be 1.