Can't Boot Into default Windows Partition

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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Brentg said:
    I apparently killed the other screens that showed the number of runs
    If I recall correctly, the default number is 4.
    If not, the experts will correct me.
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       #72

    Please see instructions in post #60.
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  3. Posts : 77
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       #73

    Matthew Wai said:
    If I recall correctly, the default number is 4.
    If not, the experts will correct me.
    Ok, that's informative. Thanks

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    zbook said:
    Please see instructions in post #60.
    Thanks's zbook. I've been tied up with trying to fix my pickup truck I bounced into a culvert during last month's snowstorm. I am wondering if there is some kind of program I can use to manipulate that boot sector on the partition that will not boot.
    I was looking at Bootice, but I don't want to pull the trigger on something I don't know anything about.
    My situation is such that I can't even install a fresh windows10 on the partition since it won't boot normally without the blue screen telling me to select another partition and a Win10 install has to reboot several times.
    Do you think I could use partition magic or some utility to merge that partition without taking down the entire drive?
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #74

    Brentg said:
    I can't even install a fresh windows10 on the partition since it won't boot normally
    Can you boot the PC from a Windows USB device? If so, you can clean install Windows 10.

    Brentg said:
    Do you think I could use partition magic or some utility to merge that partition without taking down the entire drive?
    DiskPart is a Windows built-in utility. You can delete all OS partitions without touching the data partition. I did so before clean installing Windows 10.
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  6. Posts : 77
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    Matthew Wai said:
    Can you boot the PC from a Windows USB device? If so, you can clean install Windows 10.

    DiskPart is a Windows built-in utility. You can delete all OS partitions without touching the data partition. I did so before clean installing Windows 10.
    Yes, I can boot from a Windows USB device and have tried installing Win10 Pro that way. But when the computer starts it's multiple reboots at some point it fails.
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Did you delete the OS partitions? If so, which ones below did you delete?

    Brentg said:
    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 System 100 MB 1024 KB
    Partition 2 Reserved 16 MB 101 MB
    Partition 3 Primary 393 GB 117 MB
    Partition 4 Recovery 538 MB 393 GB
    Partition 5 Primary 390 GB 393 GB
    Partition 6 Recovery 1024 MB 930 GB
    Assuming partition 5 is a data partition, you can delete all others, which will become a single unallocated space as shown below:



    Select the unallocated space and click on Next

    The data partition should not be the cause of the following:
    Brentg said:
    when the computer starts it's multiple reboots at some point it fails.
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       #78

    Matthew Wai said:
    Did you delete the OS partitions? If so, which ones below did you delete?


    Assuming partition 5 is a data partition, you can delete all others, which will become a single unallocated space as shown below:



    Select the unallocated space and click on Next

    The data partition should not be the cause of the following:
    Thanks, Matthew, this looks like an important 1st step if I decide that the partition I created to migrate my date from my working partition cannot be salvaged. Can I just do this from the boot USB? I have the free version of Mini Tool Partition Wizard also and Macrium Reflect.
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #79

    You don't need a third-party tool to delete partitions. Just boot the PC from the Windows USB device.
    When you see the following screen, delete all OS partitions. Note that all data on the partitions will be deleted too.



    Source: Fresh Install Windows 10 - Recovery Partition
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       #80

    Matthew Wai said:
    You don't need a third-party tool to delete partitions. Just boot the PC from the Windows USB device.
    When you see the following screen, delete all OS partitions. Note that all data on the partitions will be deleted too.



    Source: Fresh Install Windows 10 - Recovery Partition
    Thanks, Matthew

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    Matthew Wai said:
    You don't need a third-party tool to delete partitions. Just boot the PC from the Windows USB device.
    When you see the following screen, delete all OS partitions. Note that all data on the partitions will be deleted too.



    Source: Fresh Install Windows 10 - Recovery Partition
    Matthew, would you take a look at my partitions and tell me what I need to delete to leave just the C: drive, which I am currently using? I want to recover the full capacity of the disk and repartition it and start over with a new installation of Windows10 Pro on the new partition. I assume I can do all this in disk management.

    https://mega.nz/file/D8FggbqD#Ewpmer...e8ccqnjgtN7vqM

    Thanks
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