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Thread: Clean install windows 10 without affecting Ubuntu

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2021

    Question Clean install windows 10 without affecting Ubuntu


    I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu 20.10 installed on two separate hard disks. There are problems with my Windows 10 and refreshing or resetting solves the problem only temporarily (The issues come back after two or three restarts or logins). I am planning to clean install Windows 10 from USB. I have all my personal files in ubuntu. Will clean installing W10 affect my Ubuntu files? Is it safe to proceed without any additional setups?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Ubuntu Mate 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Clean install windows 10 without affecting Ubuntu

    It is easy to make a mistake while installing an OS, for example, format or delete a wrong partition, overwrite files, etc. To be on the safe side, it is always advised to keep a backup of all important files on a separate storage device.

    Now, a clean install of W10 should not affect Ubuntu files, if you do everything right. Are you sure of yourself?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2014

    Re: Clean install windows 10 without affecting Ubuntu

    Do you have backups? Have you done this before? Are your current installs of windows 10 and Ubuntu both UEFI or both Legacy? If you have Ubuntu and windows on separate drives, likely it would be best to disconnect the Ubuntu drive while installing windows 10. Remember to install both in the same mode, both UEFI or both Legacy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida

    Re: Clean install windows 10 without affecting Ubuntu

    If UEFI, Ubuntu may have boot files in ESP on Windows drive?

    If BIOS, Windows does not see Linux partitions. In some cases if default BIOS boot drive is Ubuntu drive, Windows will put its 100MB boot partition on the Linux drive, destroying first 100MB of drive.

    And you even though separate drives, you need to install in same boot mode, both need to be UEFI or both BIOS. How you boot install media, UEFI or BIOS for both Windows & Ubuntu is how it installs or repairs. Always be in correct boot mode.

    Best to have good backups, and both Ubuntu live installer in case you need repairs & Windows installer or repair/recovery disk for repairs in future also.

    I like to document system with either Boot-Repair's summary report or terminal based bootinfoscript. Also helps then to know how system is booting and what is installed where:
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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