Windows 10 Update can brick a Dual-Boot Setup when using Primary Partitions only

TL/DR: Use extended partitions for Linux in a dual-boot setup with Windows 10 — otherwise you might not be able to boot after a Windows update.

A few days ago I had to fix a dual-boot setup consisting of a Windows 10 and a Linux (Ubuntu) system. After deploying the latest Windows 10 Anniversary Update neither Linux nor Windows was accessible anymore. Only the GRUB rescue prompt appeared:

error: unknown filesystem.
Entering rescue mode...
grub rescue>

GRUB wasn’t even able to manually boot into the Windows or Linux partition. Continue reading “Windows 10 Update can brick a Dual-Boot Setup when using Primary Partitions only”