1. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       1 Week Ago #1

    What is WinRE?


    I have Windows 10 running on a 250Gb hard drive. But the latest update hasn't got space to install.
    I have removed all of the potentially wasteful Apps, but with no success.
    When I look in Defrag and Optimise, there are 2 drives; C:\ and WinRE. WinRE is labelled as "never run" and refuses to defrag.
    I assume it is a copy of a Windows install, but would be grateful if anyone knows better.
    What is it, and how do I get rid of it?
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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 97
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       1 Week Ago #2

    It means Windows "recovery Environment" so OS uses it to help restore settings or repair
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,579
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14986
       1 Week Ago #3

    Hello GavtheNav, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    WinRE is for booting to Windows Recovery Environment (aka: Advanced Startup). It's a system partition that doesn't needed to be defragged since Windows doesn't write to it.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 42
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #4

    GavtheNav said: View Post
    I have Windows 10 running on a 250Gb hard drive. But the latest update hasn't got space to install.
    I have removed all of the potentially wasteful Apps, but with no success.
    When I look in Defrag and Optimise, there are 2 drives; C:\ and WinRE. WinRE is labelled as "never run" and refuses to defrag.
    I assume it is a copy of a Windows install, but would be grateful if anyone knows better.
    What is it, and how do I get rid of it?
    WinRe is a recovery partition and facilitates Windows system error recovery. I would not advise deleting it as that will hamper future recovery efforts.

    An explanation of the WinRe is provided in the link below:

    Windows Preinstallation Environment - Wikipedia
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  5. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       4 Days Ago #5

    Thanks for your prompt replies guys. It seems that the problem is not where I thought it was!
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  6. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 389
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Days Ago #6

    You can move your User files (ie) Music, Pictures, Documents etc to another drive like an External USB.
    Or You can also get a much larger drive and clone our existing drive to it and then swap it.
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