My Mac still boots into Windows recovery mode, automatically. I can still boot into macOS and everything works, however I want to remove this partition. When I first start my Mac it also shows up with a loading gear icon in the middle of my screen.

Running "diskutil list" gave me this:

/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER

   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *251.0 GB   disk0

   1:                        EFI ⁨EFI⁩                     209.7 MB   disk0s1

   2:                 Apple_APFS ⁨Container disk1⁩         250.8 GB   disk0s2

/dev/disk1 (synthesized):
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER

   0:      APFS Container Scheme -                      +250.8 GB   disk1
                                 Physical Store disk0s2
   1:                APFS Volume ⁨Kkr dikke schijf - G...⁩ 97.1 GB    disk1s1

   2:                APFS Volume ⁨Preboot⁩                 441.2 MB   disk1s2

   3:                APFS Volume ⁨Recovery⁩                1.1 GB     disk1s3

   4:                APFS Volume ⁨VM⁩                      1.1 MB     disk1s4

   5:                APFS Volume ⁨Kkr dikke schijf⁩        15.2 GB    disk1s5

   6:              APFS Snapshot ⁨com.apple.os.update-...⁩ 15.2 GB    disk1s5s1

Which partition do I need to remove?

1 Answer 1


The Windows partition has been removed. However, there will still be Windows boot files stored in the hidden EFI partition (disk0s1). These files can be removed by entering the commands given below.

Note: If you have a legacy BIOS booting Windows, then these Windows boot files would normally not exist. In this case, the rm commands would produce an error message.

sudo diskutil mount disk0s1
cd /Volumes/EFI/EFI
rm -r Boot
rm -r Microsoft
cd ~
diskutil unmount disk0s1

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