Situation: I want to dual boot my Windows 8.1(now I’m in Windows 8). However, it refuses to start because I don’t have enough space available in my system reserved partition (I know this is the reason since I’ve searched a lot). Now I need to resize system reserved partition which is currently on 286MB. Without any unallocated space, I can’t complete the task in the built-in disk management tool. I don’t know what to do now. Please help me.
Because of limitations in Win 8’s DM, users have to adopt third-party software to extend partition. Nowadays many partition managers can do the job, but most of them are not worth trying. With easy to use operations and strong security in data protection, the freeware MiniTool Partition Wizard is a good choice. Detailed steps will be shown below.
Download and install the free partition magic to computer. Then, run the partition manager to get its starting interface. Click “Launch Application” to get the main interface.
Click system reserved partition and select “Extend Partition” to go on.
PS: This function can do excellent job if user doesn’t have unallocated space behind the specified partition.
Extend the specified partition by taking free space from other partition on the same disk. And then drag sliding handle to get the size you want and click “OK” to go back to the main interface:
Here, preview that the system reserved partition has been extended to 1.37GB. Please click “Apply” button to perform all operations. Then the problem of resizing system reserved partition is fixed.
From the screenshot above, we can see that other operations can also be done in this professional partition manager. If you need any help in disk partitioning, don’t forget to resort to MiniTool Partition Wizard.