1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 9
       1 Week Ago #1

    Need help with a clean Windows 10 install


    After using a Microsoft account to login to Windows, then deciding to switch to a local profile, and giving myself Admin privileges, my Windows permissions are so messed up I've decided to start with a clean install. I tried reinstalling Windows hoping to fix some of these problems, but it's only become worse. Now, whenever I try a clean install, my SSD now has 4 partitions on it and when Windows boots up on my optical drive, it won't let me remove all of the previous partitions it created to use as a recovery drive. Currently, I don't have anything on the drive, just all of these partitions, which I'd like to get rid of instead of adding 2 more. Does anyone know how I can remove these partitions before installing Windows 10 Pro again? When I boot off of the Windows 10 disk and it comes up to the screen for me to choose where I want it installed, it shows all of these partitions, but it doesn't allow me to remove any of the partitions on my drive. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Here are the options I've given when booting from the Windows 10 disk:

    Total Size Free Space
    Drive 2 Unallocated Space 451.00MB 451.00MB
    Drive 2 Partition 1 100.00MB 95.00MB System
    Drive 2 Partition 2 127.00MB 127.00MB MSR (Reserved)
    Drive 2 Partition 3 236.3 GB 236.1 GB Dynamic
    Drive 2 Partition 5 799.00MB 784.00MB Recovery
    Drive 2 Partition 6 790.00MB 775.00MB Recovery

    When each partition is selected, none give me the option to delete the partition nor extend the partition. I'm only given an option to format Partition 1, 3, 5, and 6, but I'm not able to remove any of the partitions.
    Last edited by rolldog; 1 Week Ago at 10:56.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    HI there.

    When you do your clean install, do you actually delete all the partitions on the SSD in the Windows installer before selecting the location for the new install and clicking next?

    When your at the screen to select the install drive, you can click on each partition and select the delete option. When you've done them all your left with unallocated space. You can then create a new partition and click next. Don't alter the size. Windows will automatically create the required partitions.

    As for boot order, you need to go into BIOS and change the boot order there. I am unable to give you specific instructions for that as every BIOS is different.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 9
       1 Week Ago #3

    I just updated my post to be more specific as to where I'm having a problem. When it lists the partitions, I'm not able to delete any of them.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,369
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #4

    Try pressing Shift + F10 at the screen with all the partitions listed during the Windows setup to open a command prompt. Then run:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk <disk number> - <disk number> is the number of the SSD provided by the previous command
    clean - the clean command will erase the entire SSD
    exit
    exit

    Then refresh the partition list. I doubt this will work, though, because it sounds like your SSD is getting locked somehow during the Windows install.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 9
       1 Week Ago #5

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Try pressing Shift + F10 at the screen with all the partitions listed during the Windows setup to open a command prompt. Then run:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk <disk number> - <disk number> is the number of the SSD provided by the previous command
    clean - the clean command will erase the entire SSD
    exit
    exit

    Then refresh the partition list. I doubt this will work, though, because it sounds like your SSD is getting locked somehow during the Windows install.
    It worked! You are awesome! Thank you very much! I've been trying to figure this out since yesterday. Now, if I can just figure out how to install Windows 10 as a "true" admin allowing me to access everything without having all of these messed up permissions and only me as a single user, then I'll be in business. I think I should probably keep a local profile instead of linking my Microsoft account, but I don't want to lose any functionality, like streaming from my Xbox which is linked to my Microsoft account via Xbox Live.

    I have a 256GB SSD that I want to keep the Windows 10 on, a 500GB SSD to install my applications on, and 2 x 1TB SSDs setup in RAID0 to relocate My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, and My Music, etc to. I had no problem running things this way when using Windows 7, but in Windows 10, over time the permissions start getting messed up. I'm not sure if I should relocate all of my data directories individually or just relocate the entire user directory to the 1TB SSDs. For some reason this might be too complicated for Windows 10 to do because what ends up happening is somehow a lose access to some of the data on my boot drive, like left over files after uninstalling something, and the only way I could regain access to it is to change the permissions and give myself ownership of these directories. This is when everything starts getting messed up.

    Thanks a ton for the advice. Hopefully I won't have to do another clean install. Maybe I should set everything up to create a restore point every hour. 😀
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,369
    Windows 10 Pro
       1 Week Ago #6

    I would not disable UAC (user account control) nor enable the built-in administrator account. Microsoft has made UAC almost mandatory, access to several apps like Cortana and Edge will be disabled if UAC is also disabled, and it really is a good safety net to keep rogue programs from having administrator control with the only inconvenience to the user being have to click the yes button when asked if they want to do something at the administrator level. The built-in administrator account is also a good safety net in the event the user's normal administrator account gets corrupt and unable to log in. Many people on this forum have found themselves up the creek because they were using the built-in administrator account for daily use.

    Nothing is preventing you from having both a local user account on the computer and a separate account linked to a Microsoft login.

    As far as moving data files to the HDD - I like to use directory junctions. I must admit, I have not used this on the "library" folders like the Documents folder under your C:\Users\Username folder. I should try it. But I use it for my media center program, Kodi. The default path to the configuration and database files is C:\Users\Username\AppDate\Roaming\Kodi. I used a directory junction under each user account so the actual Kodi folder is under C:\Users\Public\Kodi and the link to that folder appears in the default location for each user.

    The command prompt command is:
    mklink /J <link> <target>
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