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Win10 & Veracrypt & systemd-boot

There are some things seemingly nobody does. For example, …

  • double-booting Win10 and Linux
  • on an UEFI System
  • while the Win10 Partition is encrypted using VeraCrypt.

Yes, it’s a complex scenario, but since MS in all of his (money-grabbing) wisdom does not include BitLocker in Win10 Home, this is a necessary precaution. I’ll not go over the installation of both systems (pretty straightforward, and Arch Linux has – as always – a nice Wiki entry about it).

Unfortunately, Win10 likes to break its own boot manager on updates, which is very scary (“Your Windows partition is damaged”), and super annoying, but I think I got the solution now.

So, the Linux-based (of course) solution for Windows 10 and VeraCrypt is:

# esp partition - /loader/entries/winvera.conf
title Windows 10 VeraCrypt
efi /EFI/VeraCrypt/DcsBoot.efi

This is in fact all you need to do. Now, if Windows fucks up its own boot loader, it seems systemd-boot just ignores everything, loads the correct VeraCrypt bootloader (as it is supposed to be), and all is well.

It can happen though that Windows places its own boot manager back in front of systemd-boot again, so it’s used as the default one. Then use one of the methods described here, and you should be fine. (This did not happen to me, it always used the correct boot manager but fucked up Windows boot)

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