Enables Unified Write Filter (UWF) on the next restart.


UInt32 Enable();



Return Value

Returns an HRESULT value that indicates WMI status or a WMI error.


You must use an administrator account to enable UWF.

You must restart your device after you enable or disable UWF before the change takes effect.

The first time you enable UWF on your device, UWF makes the following changes to your system to improve the performance of UWF:

  • Paging files are disabled.
  • System restore is disabled.
  • SuperFetch is disabled.
  • File indexing service is turned off.
  • Defragmentation service is turned off.
  • Fast boot is disabled.
  • BCD setting bootstatuspolicy is set to ignoreallfailures.

You can change these settings after you enable UWF if you want to. For example, you can move the page file location to an unprotected volume and re-enable paging files.

Additionally, after you run uwfmgr filter enable, restart the computer and exit the servicing mode, the following things are disabled:

  • Windows Update (by setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU\NoAutoUpdate.)

  • Windows Store Update (by setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsStore\AutoDownload.)

  • Registry Reorganization (by setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Configuration Manager\RegistryReorganizationLimitDays.)

  • Maintenance Hour (by setting HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\Maintenance\MaintenanceDisabled.)

After you run uwfmgr filter disable, restart the computer and enter the serving mode, the changes are reverted.


Windows Edition Supported
Windows 10 Home No
Windows 10 Pro No
Windows 10 Enterprise Yes
Windows 10 Education Yes


Unified Write Filter