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HP ENVY Phoenix 810-150ea Desktop PC (ENERGY STAR)
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I have a Hewlett-Packard 810-150ea with a SSD and a HDD, running windows 10 1903 (came with Windows 8.1). I need to perform a clean install of 1903, but there appears to be conflicting information on the internet of how to do this. I have downloaded 1903 on a flash drive when I attempt to install 1903 I selected to perform a Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) I am asked if I want to delete any partitions, I have 6 on drive C (drive 0) Windows RE tools, EFI Windows (C:) and a 785 MB OEM Partition and a 450 MB OEM Partition. Should I delete all of the partitions? I have read the EFI is to enable the PC to boot from different drives and should not be deleted.

Also can I move the Recover image to the HDD to give me an extra 10.15 GB of space on the SSD drive?

 

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Your Recover image is now useless -- as the Upgrade to Win10 is known to corrupt it.  So, if you DO decide to do a clean-install, you should first remove the Recovery partition to reuse the space.

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Hi WAWood,

Thanks for the reply.

When I perform a clean install of Windows 10 (1903) can I delete all the partitions including the EFI system partition? I have read the EFI system is used to enable the PC to boot from different drives and should not be deleted.

Thanks again

 
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The EFI partition is what allows the PC to boot -- in this case, into Windows. Do NOT remove it.

The Recovery partition is now useless, so you can remove that.

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WAWood, thanks for your help

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