Upgrading dual-boot Linux laptop to Windows 10

Related: Install Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition provides a Linux Terminal (Ubuntu) within Windows. You can use dual-boot Windows 10/Linux or just go plain Windows 10.

Dual Boot Systems

You will need to consider the following to successfully upgrade a dual-boot Windows/Linux system to Windows 10.

  1. set your BIOS/UEFI to boot directly to the Windows drive–especially if you plan to use BitLocker on Windows 10.
  2. If Windows won’t boot, you may need to repair the boot sector of the Windows HDD. Else you’ll get error 0x800703ed, which occurs if you have a dual boot system where Windows doesn’t directly boot.
  3. As always, it is best to use a separate drive for Windows–install Linux on another internal drive.

Clean install Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

  1.  backup the PC to an external hard drive or the cloud.
  2. Download Windows 10 Anniversary Edition ISO image via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  3. use Rufus to write the ISO to USB
  4.  Boot from USB, select Format my existing Windows partition (erasing all files and documents)
  5. Windows 10 installed in about 20 minutes on a 5 year old laptop.

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