We couldn’t update the system reserved partition August 9th, 2015
In most cases this error message is unique to Windows 7 based computers (or systems that were upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 / 8.1) when attempting to upgrade to Windows 10. You may also get the following error code: 0x800F0922
The 100MB System partition has only about 50% free space remaining and needs to be resized to 350MB which is the standard size for Windows 8, 8.1 and clean installs of Windows 10.
You will need a third party utility such a Partition Master (there is a free version) that allows you to shrink the front of the Windows 7 / 8.1 partition in order to extend the System partition to about 350MB.
Note: This article does not apply to computer that came with Windows 8 or 8.1 pre-installed or UEFI based computers.
Partition Master has an easier to use interface in my opinion so I’ll use it for this article.
1) Run Windows 7’s Disk Management utility to check the current size of the System partition. You should see a 100MB System Reserved partition. If you right click on this partition and select ‘Properties’ you will see how much free space is remaining.
Note that you may also have in addition to the Windows 7 partition a “Recovery” partition and possible a “Tools” and or “Utility” partition. These partitions should remain untouched.
Next you need to increase the size of the System partition from 100MB to about 350MB.
2) Run Partition Master and you should see a 100MB System partition and the C: Windows partition. Note: The disk drive I’m using is 1TB in size with a retail version of Windows 7 installed.
3) Right click on the C: Windows partition and select the ‘Resize/Move partition’ option from the dropdown list. In the upper left corner (Decide size and position) move your mouse cursor over the left edge of the partition until you see the Left/Right pointers. Now left click and drag the edge of the partition to the right ever so slightly. The value in MB will most likely be way too large so go to step #4.
4) Now change the ‘Unallocated Space Before’ value from whatever is displayed, 12839.2 MB in my example: To: 260 MB to get closer to a true 350MB partition size) and click ‘OK’.
Note: If you see some unallocated space suddenly displayed after the C: Windows partition, as shown below.
Move the cursor to the right end of the Windows partition and when you see the double arrow hold the left mouse button down and drag the end of the partition all the way to the right until the partition is at its max size and click ‘OK’. Your display should now look as follows:
5) Right click on the System Reserved partition and select the ‘Resize/Move partition’ option from the dropdown list, change the Partition Size value from 100.0 MB to 350.0 MB (or the max value allowed based or the unallocated space you created) and then click the ‘OK’ button.
6) You should now see the partition sizes that will take effect after you ‘Apply” the changes.
7) Click on the ‘Apply’ tab in the upper left corner to make / apply the changes to your disk drive. When prompted click on the ‘Yes’ button. A reboot will be required to complete this task so click ‘Yes’ when prompted.
It will take about 30 seconds before your computer reboots. Partition Master will then display a DOS based graphical display of the progress.
8) After Windows 7 has finished loading open Disk Management and you now see the new size of your System partition.