1.    29 Nov 2016 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    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.    29 Nov 2016 #2
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    windows 10 pro X64 1607

    It means Windows "recovery Environment" so OS uses it to help restore settings or repair
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  3.    29 Nov 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 25,215
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17040

    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.    29 Nov 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 123
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by GavtheNav 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.    05 Dec 2016 #5
    Join Date : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your prompt replies guys. It seems that the problem is not where I thought it was!
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  6.    05 Dec 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 1,036
    Windows 10 Pro

    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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