Windows 10: USB Update to 1709 from 1703 "cannot update system reserve partition" Solved

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

  1. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Professional
       25 Nov 2017 #1

    USB Update to 1709 from 1703 "cannot update system reserve partition"


    This PC can't run Windows 10

    *We couldn't update the system reserved partition.


    It is running Windows 10 and I'd like to update it to 1709 which will hopefully cure the annoying issues of the system's update failing repeatedly.

    Any suggestions?

    When I instruct the computer to eject the usb media containing the image file, a warning tells me other files are in use and to continue means loss etc.

    I wonder if I should reformat the USB media and recreate the image file.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    26 Nov 2017 #2

    Hi, probably means you don't have any unallocated space on your system drive to allow Windows to create (or extend) your existing system reserved partition.

    Use a partition manager to make sure you have, say, 1.2Gb of unallocated space. And make sure you don't have unallocated space on other drives, as Win 10 can and will create OS partitions on other drives. That's not desirable.
    Please have a look at the links below before proceeding.


    Searching for the message
    We couldn't update the system reserved partition
    is of course a very useful thing to do....
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...alling-windows
    Fix: Windows 10 upgrade couldn Buck Hodges
    Best Fix: "We Couldn't Update System Reserved Partition" Windows 10

    Upgrading will probably fix your update problem if the reason for it failing is minor. However also note (see forum) some issues have been noted with respect to build 1709 by a number of people, whilst others are happy.

    As your existing Windows is damaged, you may have a further problem upgrading, depending on the extent of the problem. If you wished to fix your existing windows build you could e.g.
    - Check your disk (no good using a failing disk)
    Hard disk Sentinel (trial)
    - Run the Windows update troubleshooter
    - from an admin command prompt run
    chkdsk C: /F
    - from an admin command prompt run
    SFC /SCANNOW
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    26 Nov 2017 #3

    Post image of your disk partitions.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 17,868
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       26 Nov 2017 #4

    When you attempt an upgrade and see the failure message that we could not upgrade the system reserved partition (MSR) this can be fixed by multiple methods.

    First you want to know the insufficiency amount.
    Typically it is < or = 4 MB.

    This failure can occur when the end users computer has a history of any 1 or more of the following:
    1) a prior upgrade from windows 7 or 8 to windows 10
    2) multiple bios upgrades
    3) download of multiple languages and fonts
    4) installation of UEFI hardware diagnostics
    5) any software/firmware which is installed on the EFI partition instead of the C drive data partition
    Any 1 or more of the above consume space in the EFI partition size and available free space in the MSR.

    This failure can be fixed by:
    1) removing unneeded files (software and firmware) that was/were installed in the EFI partition.
    2) enlarging the size of the EFI partition.
    3) creating an image of the drive > saving the image to another drive > clean install of the drive > restoring the image back to the drive.


    2) Download everything: voidtools
    This software will index everything on all drives.
    It can be set to launch on boot or launch when you need it.
    As you enter a character it will immediately display results.
    The more characters that are entered the narrower the search results.
    It is much more efficient than file explorer search.

    3) Search for the following folder/files and post any files that are found into the thread using one drive or drop box share links:
    $Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther
    setupact.log
    setuperr.log
    $Windows.~BT\Sources\Rollback
    BlueBox.log

    4) In the left lower corner search type: winver > view the pop up about windows > post an image into the thread
    Had you had a problems with any prior upgrades? windows 7 or 8 to 10? Windows 10 version 1511 > 1607 or 1607 > 1703?

    5) Open disk management > widen the volume and status columns so that the contents in each row are in full view. > post an image into the thread

    6) Download and install Minitool partition wizard:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard | Best partition magic alternative for Windows PC and Server

    7) launch the minitool partition wizard > post an image into the thread

    How to Upload and Post Screenshots and Files at Ten Forums Tutorials
    If you have any problems posting images into the thread please use one drive or drop box share links:
    Share OneDrive files and folders - Office Support

    8) Before modifying the drive files or partitions perform the following steps:
    a) chkdsk /x /f /r to fix and recover files
    b) HD Tune or HD Sentinel to evaluate the drive health (SMART), benchmarks, and full error (surface) scan.
    c) sfc /scannow and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth to check the integrity of the operating system

    9) And before attempting the next upgrade plan to remove all non-windows antivirus products, and remove all attached unnecessary hardware (printer, xbox, headset, etc)

    10) Open the website for the computers drivers and post a URL or hyperlink into the thread.
    Last edited by zbook; 26 Nov 2017 at 05:19.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       26 Nov 2017 #5

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Win10_Partitions_11-26-2017.JPG 
Views:	13 
Size:	124.6 KB 
ID:	165621

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Win10_ckdsk.JPG 
Views:	39 
Size:	60.1 KB 
ID:	165628

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Win10_SCANNOW.JPG 
Views:	2 
Size:	66.1 KB 
ID:	165629
    Last edited by 10fused; 26 Nov 2017 at 11:36.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    26 Nov 2017 #6

    This is what I would do if it were my computer. Install MiniTool Partition Tool Wizard Free:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    Delete the System Reserved Partition on Disk 1. Using MiniTool Partition Wizard. Make sure to click the apply button. Open a command prompt (admin) - "run as administrator" command prompt and run the following commands:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    create part pri
    format fs=fat32 quick label="System Reserved"
    assign letter=t
    active
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f ALL
    exit

    reboot the computer, try the upgrade again
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       26 Nov 2017 #7

    Thank you.

    For the sake of clarity and certainty, would it be possible to respectfully request the commands to have any spaces notated with a "%", which of course I will comprehend are spaces?

    select%disk%1......... this is correct?

    etc..... some of the commands do not present conclusively as being with or without a space, especially those forward slashes
    create part pri
    format fs=fat32 quick label="System Reserved"
    assign letter=t
    active
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s T: /f ALL
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  •    26 Nov 2017 #8

    This is what I would do if it were my computer. Install MiniTool Partition Tool Wizard Free:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    Delete the System Reserved Partition on Disk 1. Using MiniTool Partition Wizard. Make sure to click the apply button. Open a command prompt (admin) - "run as administrator" command prompt and run the following commands:

    diskpart
    select%disk%1
    create%part%pri
    format%fs=fat32%quick%label="System Reserved"
    assign%letter=t
    active
    exit
    bcdboot%C:\Windows%/s%T:%/f%ALL
    exit

    reboot the computer, try the upgrade again
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       26 Nov 2017 #9

    Thank you, I'll give this a shot directly.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	This one Partition.JPG 
Views:	1 
Size:	254.6 KB 
ID:	165653

    If so, does this mean I substitute "2" for "1" in the cmd prompt inputs?
    Last edited by 10fused; 26 Nov 2017 at 14:34.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  • Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       26 Nov 2017 #10

    Questions in post 9. Thanks
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  •  
    Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

    Related Threads
    Howdy, Trying to update from this version: http://i.imgur.com/mILUjrol.jpg And it fails with this error: http://i.imgur.com/rOs96WXl.jpg
    My system fails when doing "Feature Update For W10 Version 1703". It says "You can't install windows on a USB Flash Drive During Setup". I am not trying to instally on a Flash Drive. I had an external harddrive and a printer in USB ports, but...
    To be very clear, I am currently running Windows 10. Windows is trying to run some updates on top of that and is failing. I have checked my computer and disk management and there is not actually a system reserved partition. Thoughts??
    Does not meet system requirements Get Important updates: cleared. Gets windows 10 ready but then it Checks requirements: Windows does not prompt any choices, We couldn't update the system partition Dialog crashes.
    This is the 2nd system (my wife's computer) we want to run Windows 10. Currently that system is running windows 7 Pro. The first system system went without a single hitch and it was running windows 7 Pro as well.. The download was complete so I...
    Our Sites
    Site Links
    About Us
    Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

    © Designer Media Ltd
    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 13:03.
    Find Us