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  1. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       11 Oct 2016 #1

    Please help with my post installation issue obsolete system partition


    Okay, so I have a Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.4 Dual Boot Set Up.

    Windows 10 was behaving strange, all the text and icons were blocked out by white boxes. A through Google search yielded no relevant results. A repair made things worse. So I decided to reinstall the OS.

    After reinstalling and then repairing GRUB (for those familiar with Linux), I saw that there were two loaders, or instances for Windows 10.

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    The first Windows 10 loader is what is essentially the System Reserved Partition but it doesn't work, and clicking on it takes me to:

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    The second Windows 10 loader boots into the new installation and works fine.

    Now, this is what Disk Management displays:

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    So, it appears that during installation I hastily ignored the partition screen, and installed everything on C:
    And the System Reserved partition appears to be pointless.

    The help that I require is in deciding if it's okay to remove the System Reserved partition, or is it better to revive it by assigning it as the System partition, and if so how would I do that?

    Thanks for reading, and would be delighted if anyone has any advice.
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  2. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       12 Oct 2016 #2

    I hope the face that I mentioned Ubuntu hasn't scared everyone?
    It's essentially just a Windows issue.
    Is the best solution to delete the System Partition, as it's useless, or is it better to do a repair of some sort, and have the System Partition to serve its purpose?
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  3. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 248
    Windows 10 Home
       13 Oct 2016 #3

    protonwarrior,

    Something of a similar nature happened to me with Windows 7, and, if I remember correctly had to use GParted Live to work on the issue in Windows.

    Was looking for some guidance, and found the following which covers W10:
    TeraByte Unlimited Knowledge Base

    It does not look easy!
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  4. Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,191
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       13 Oct 2016 #4

    Hi, before you do anything drastic, have a look at these:
    What is the System Reserved Partition and Can You Delete It?
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/system...tition-windows

    To manage your boot entries try msconfig.
    how to remove second operating system - Microsoft Community
    (2nd post)

    More comprehensive:
    bcdedit
    from an admin command prompt
    BCDEdit Command-Line Options

    There is also this:
    Visual BCD Editor - Windows 7, Windows 10/8/Vista
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  5. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       13 Oct 2016 #5

    Thanks for responding guys.

    So I got impatient of waiting, and after doing my research I concluded that the System Reserved partition was indeed obsolete.

    So I simply deleted it, went back to Ubuntu to update GRUB (Linux's boot loader), and everything turned out okay.

    Now, the only thing of concern is with regards to bit locker, but I'm not worried about it, because I figure, if and when the need to use it does arise, I simply have to create a System Reserved partition again. I'm definitely not going to bother about that right now.

    Being one's own tech support is fun, but I can't spend all my time on it.
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  6. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 248
    Windows 10 Home
       13 Oct 2016 #6

    protonwarrior ,

    Thanks for the update!

    Would you mind letting us know if you just deleted the System Reserved partition from Disk Management, or, did you use another program?
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  7. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       13 Oct 2016 #7

    cottonball said: View Post
    protonwarrior ,

    Thanks for the update!

    Would you mind letting us know if you just deleted the System Reserved partition from Disk Management, or, did you use another program?
    I actually deleted it from GParted while I was logged in to Ubuntu. I'm not sure what would have happened if I tried to delete it from Windows, but I do believe that it's possible.

    cottonball, are you still facing a similar situation?

    The key point in my situation was that the System Reserved was serving no function, i.e. C: was marked as System, Active, and so on. Therefore, there was never any possibility of danger.
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  8. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 248
    Windows 10 Home
       13 Oct 2016 #8

    protonwarrior,

    Using GParted was a good decision!

    The issue I had happened some 3+ years ago, and what I remember is using a GParted Live USB stick. At the time, there was an article addressing the issue that it was safer to work from GParted than the Disk Management interface for this type of issue. Also think that I had to use EasyBCD to follow up something, but have no recollection of what it was.

    Linux distros have always been a favorite of mine, particularly in situations where malware/virus were involved and one needed to go out of Windows to get some actions done. I do not do that any more, but did enjoy the challenge.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 8
    Windows 10
       14 Oct 2016 #9

    cottonball said: View Post
    protonwarrior,

    Using GParted was a good decision!

    The issue I had happened some 3+ years ago, and what I remember is using a GParted Live USB stick. At the time, there was an article addressing the issue that it was safer to work from GParted than the Disk Management interface for this type of issue. Also think that I had to use EasyBCD to follow up something, but have no recollection of what it was.

    Linux distros have always been a favorite of mine, particularly in situations where malware/virus were involved and one needed to go out of Windows to get some actions done. I do not do that any more, but did enjoy the challenge.
    Absolutely, in spite of being on a Windows forum I must say that I'm really impressed with the stability of Ubuntu, and the ease and power of Linux based software. I barely use Ubuntu, but it's great to have around. It doesn't take much space, and is always waiting in the case I do need to use it. I would like to use Ubuntu more, but I use the computer more for business and have been accustomed to Windows for work related tasks right from the start.
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  10. Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 248
    Windows 10 Home
       14 Oct 2016 #10

    Take a look at the Zorin distro. It is supposed to appeal to Windows users:

    Zorin OS - Home
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