Windows 10 Anniversary Update deleting Linux partitions?

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Many folks who are running Windows 10 on their computers, usually have a Linux partition installed as well. Regular folks do it, developers do it, and then the few who prefer to use Linux but are forced to use Windows. But here’s the thing, it would appear as if the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is removing Linux partition.

Alan Pope, Ubuntu Community manager at Canonical, took to Twitter recently to complain that he has seen several reports of folks claiming the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been deleting partitions containing Linux operating systems.

This should not be taken as any confirmation that Microsoft’s operating system is indeed working against Linux partitions after the Anniversary Update. However, we do believe Linux users should hold off a while from upgrading Windows 10 until more information is released. Furthermore, we also recommend backing up your Linux install, you know, just to be on the safe side of things.

There is no reason for Alan Pope to make up such a story, so chances are, something is going on. If true, then this might be a bug within the Anniversary Update, something Microsoft has missed.

Personally, I haven’t installed Linux in 5-years, which means, I’m unable to give this a test run to see if something is really down. However, we’ll investigate the matter to see if folks are truly having problems, or if it is just an isolated incident happening but only to a few.

While you’re waiting for some answers, go ahead and download the Windows 10 media pack. It’s a free download, so no commitment. It should also be noted that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, resets pen settings. It means if you have a Surface Pro or any other system that uses pen, you’ll have to customize your settings all over again.

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