prevent Windows from creating an empty partition after repair install or clean install

Paul Chou 21 Reputation points

I am an Windows Insider in the Dev. channel. Whenever a build is installed or when I do a repair installation, a new partition gets created. How can I prevent it from getting created?

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  1. Erik Moreau 411 Reputation points MVP

    Hi Paul,

    This extra partition you are reffering to is this the recovery partition at the end of your OS disk? (890MB in my example)

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    This one is not acctually empty, it contains the Windows Recovery enviroment (WinRE)

    running regagentc /info in an elevated terminal will show this

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    You can remove this partition (disabling WinRE for recovery purposes)

    Any OS upgrade or repair will resotre it

    hope this helps,

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