Windows Recovery Partition

Windows Recovery Partition

When you install Windows it always creates a Recovery Partition, which runs a very lite version of Windows with a few tools. There’s been a few times where I’ve used those tools to fix a system.

I wanted to know what would happen if I deleted the Recovery Partition. This is what I found down that rabbit hole.

Your Windows partitioning will look something like this.

Disk Partitioning with Recovery Partition

With the Recovery Partition you have access to troubleshooting options like

  • Reset this PC
Troubleshooting options with the Recovery Partition

You also have access to advanced troubleshooting options like

  • Startup Repair
  • Uninstall Updates
  • Startup Settings
  • UEFI Firmware Settings
  • Command Prompt
  • System Restore
  • System Image Recovery
Advanced Troubleshooting options with the Recovery Partition
More Advanced Troubleshooting options with the Recovery Partition

Once I deleted my Recovery Partition I had a lot less troubleshooting options

The only options you get are

  • Startup Settings
  • UEFI Firmware Settings
Troubleshooting options without the Recovery Partition

It’s interesting to see how many options rely directly on the Windows Recovery Partition. I didn’t see any impact to the system after deleting the Recovery Partition other than significantly fewer recovery options.

If you want to read more about the Recovery Partition you can read more about it here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-recovery-environment–windows-re–technical-reference

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