Because the Windows 10 recovery partition is protected you can not delete it by using the graphical disk management tool which is part of Windows 10. Read on if you want to know how to accomplish this task.

Delete the Windows 10 recovery partition

You have to use the shell if you want to delete the recovery partition like outlined below:

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type diskpart and press Enter, then type list disk and press Enter.
  3. A list of disks is displayed. Type select disk #. Where # is the number of the disk with the recovery partition and press Enter.
  4. Type list partition and press Enter. A list of partitions is displayed. Type select partition #. Where # is the number of the recovery partition and press Enter.
  5. Type delete partition override and press Enter.
  6. After you see the confirmation message, you can close the PowerShell prompt.

Do I actually need the recovery partition?

It depends. If you are running the Windows system in a virtual machine and create backups of the complete VM you certainly do not need the recovery partition. Also, if you really want to have a solid recovery toolset in place it is a good idea anyway to create dedicated Windows 10 recovery drive anyway. This recovery drive should only be connected to the computer when it is actually needed.

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