$WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER File

  1.    22 Aug 2016 #1

    $WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER File


    The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 seems to have left a "$WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER" file in the root of the C: drive. It is a 0 byte file. Does anyone know what this is? I presume it's safe to delete it, but can someone confirm? Thank you.
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       22 Aug 2016 #2

    PJLLB said: View Post
    The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 seems to have left a "$WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER" file in the root of the C: drive. It is a 0 byte file. Does anyone know what this is? I presume it's safe to delete it, but can someone confirm? Thank you.
    There's a small thread on the Microsoft Community forum but no one seems to know whether it's entirely safe to delete.

    WINRE_BACKUP_PARTITION.MARKER - Microsoft Community


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  3.    02 Oct 2018 #3

    I have this in the root of C: on one of my computers after updating to Windows 10 1809.
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  4.    03 Oct 2018 #4

    Got it on my recently upgraded machines as well, prior to running disk cleanup. Note yesterday's date, so clearly tied to the upgrade.

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    Goes off to run disk cleanup now. . . Still remains in place after cleanup is complete, so Windows thinks it doesn't need to get rid of it. From what I read online at answers.MS, social.MS, and superuser, looks like nobody's in complete agreement about whether it's OK to delete it or not. Many report no problems after getting rid of it, but nobody's 100% sure why it's there and why it sticks around. Off to Windows Insider MVP Yammer to see if anybody there has more info. Will report back if anything useful pops up there. Thanks!
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  5.    03 Oct 2018 #5

    EdTittel said: View Post
    Got it on my recently upgraded machines as well, prior to running disk cleanup. Note yesterday's date, so clearly tied to the upgrade.

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    Goes off to run disk cleanup now. . . Still remains in place after cleanup is complete, so Windows thinks it doesn't need to get rid of it. From what I read online at answers.MS, social.MS, and superuser, looks like nobody's in complete agreement about whether it's OK to delete it or not. Many report no problems after getting rid of it, but nobody's 100% sure why it's there and why it sticks around. Off to Windows Insider MVP Yammer to see if anybody there has more info. Will report back if anything useful pops up there. Thanks!
    --Ed--
    I have deleted it tons of times - pretty sure it is just a temporary file during upgrading and does not get deleted.
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  6.    03 Oct 2018 #6

    Thanks @cereberus! My experience on test machines where I deleted it "just to see what happens" is also devoid of resulting problems. Guess that means it's probably OK to axe it, but I like to be *SURE*. Thanks again,
    --Ed--
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