Windows 10 Anniversary Update Delete Linux Partitions

Posted by @Cody

August 31, 2016

Will Windows 10 anniversary update delete Linux partitions? It never hurts to create a backup before making changes to your system.

A big issue of Windows 10 Anniversary update

Many users who installed Windows 10 on their computer may also installed Linux operating system. Most of the time, they use Windows 10 but sometimes they need to run Linux to get things done. Usually, developers love to install Windows and Ubuntu dual boot system, which is quite efficient. However, many users have reported that the Windows 10 anniversary update delete Linux partitions and other non-Windows partitions. If your Windows and Linux are installed on the same hard drive, Linux system will fail to boot due to messed up bootloader after the Windows 10 anniversary update (version 1067). If the Linux system is installed on another hard drive, it will remain untouched after the update. Therefore, if you really want to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, it is highly recommended to backup Windows and Linux dual boot system before trying in case of any Windows 10 anniversary update issues.

How to backup both Windows and Linux?

As mentioned, users who run Windows and Linux dual boot system use Windows 10 more often, so it is better to choose Windows backup software. AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free backup and restore tool for Windows 10/8/7 that provides system backup, partition backup, disk backup, and file backup. It supports many filesystems including Ubuntu file system, Ext3 or Ext4, so you can use it to create a full backup before installing the Windows 10 anniversary update for dual boot system.

To create a backup of Windows 10 and Linux:

1. Download and run AOMEI Backupper Standard, click “Partition Backup” under Backup tab to backup Windows 10.

Partition Backup

2. Click “Step1” to choose all the needed partitions as the backup source. For an MBR disk, you should include system reserved partition besides C: drive for Windows 10. For GPT disk, you should include EFI partition and MSR partition besides C: drive.

Choose  Partitions

3. Click “Step 2” to specify the location to receive the backup image. It will bring you Windows Explorer to select any folder as the destination location.

Destination Location

4. You can also add other partitions into the backup, and after that, click “Start Backup” to run it.

While the backup is in process, you can still use the computer to do what you do because the backup process will be performed in the background. If you have enough backup space, you can also use Disk Backup to backup entire hard drive. Even if Windows 10 anniversary update delete Linux partitions, you easily restore the backup. Therefore, you will not lose any data.