How to Resize Recovery Partition in Windows 10

How do you resize recovery partition Windows 10 when it impedes you update your OS? In this post, we’ll show you some knacks to easily get rid of this problem.


By Lucas / Updated on February 27, 2024

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Scenario: Windows update failed because small recovery partition

▶ Case 1. Windows 10 latest version update failed
"When I upgraded my Windows 10 to the latest version, it informed me that the 'partition G:' was full. I examined that partition, which is a 450MB partition with 400MB used. It's probably a recovery partition. Can I get rid of it? If not, how can I expand the partition space?”

▶ Case 2. Windows 10 KB5034441 update failed
"Microsoft has published an annoying update called KB5034441, which cannot be installed by the average user. It requires to extend virtual memory in a very technological and professional manner. Can somebody explain how to install it simply? Or how can I permanently avoid this annoying update? I am running Windows 10 Pro version 22h2."

Overview of recovery partition in Windows 10

In two scenarios, both users mentioned that the recovery partition was almost full when he was trying to update the OS. If you know enough about the recovery partition, you can manage it easier. So, first, let’s learn some basics of the recovery partition.

▶ What is a recovery partition?

The recovery partition allows you to restore Windows OS to a previous state. When you install Windows on a GPT drive, Windows will generate a recovery partition and an EFI system partition. If problems arise, users can boot into the Windows recovery environment (WinRE) and restore their PC using the Windows recovery partition.

Recovery partition

Windows recovery partition often takes up nearly 450MB. There is another recovery partition on Windows 10 called the OEM recovery partition which requires 7-20GB.

▶ Why KB5034441 update failed?

What needs to be mentioned is that, in our second case, the user failed to finish the KB5034441 update. Well, KB5034441 is a security update released by Microsoft for Windows 10 versions 21H2 and 22H2. The main purpose of this update is to fix a security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to bypass Bitlocker encryption by leveraging the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).

However, some administrator users are encountering the error message "0x80070643 – ERROR_INSTALL_FAILURE" when trying to install this update, causing the update to fail to install.

KB5034441 Update Failed

Now, Microsoft has confirmed the issue and stated that this error code occurs because the recovery partition is not large enough. This update will require Windows recovery partition to have at least 500MB of available space.

▶ Can I remove recovery partition?

Since the recovery partition stores the data of the Windows recovery environment, we don’t suggest you remove or move it, which will cause you to be unable to boot into WinRE when your computer needs repair.

▶ May I resize recovery partition?

Of course, you can resize the recovery partition, if you also confront the problem like the users in the scenario, especially if your PC can't finish KB5034441 security update, you can extend Windows recovery partition via the correct method.

How to resize the recovery partition in Windows 10?

When it comes to partition expansion, most people think of the Windows built-in Disk Management and Diskpart - two useful drive management tools. However, a partition may only be expanded if there is unallocated space directly behind it; otherwise, the partition expansion would fail.

To ensure can flexibly extend and shrink recovery partition in Windows 10, you can turn to an efficient alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is a disk and partition management tool that supports Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP PC to resize/delete/clone/check/ partition, resize BitLocker partition, merge partition, and so on.

This software allows users to extend partition with nonadjacent unallocated space or straightly share free space from one partition to another. And if you need, you can shrink a partition and use the new space to create a new partition.

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Here, we’ll separately show you how to extend and shrink recovery partition with this user-friendly tool.


To avoid any data loss during the operation, we suggest backing up important data C drive to another disk before you start.

1. Extend recovery partition

We’ll use the “Allocate Free Space” feature to share free space with the target partition as an example. If your disk has unallocated space, you can select the “Merge Partition” feature to merge it into your recovery partition.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right-click on a partition that has enough storage space, and selects the "Allocate Free Space" feature. 

Allocate free space

Step 2. Preset the amount of free space you wish to allocate and choose the recovery partition as the destination. Hit "OK".

Allocate from D to C drive

Step 3. Hit "Apply > Proceed" to execute the operation.


2. Shrink recovery partition

If you find your recovery partition takes up too much space (some users may have a recovery partition that occupies 15GB and more) and you’re sure that there’s sufficient space on the recovery partition, you can also shrink this partition to get unallocated space.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main console, you could view the whole partition configuration. Right-click the recovery partition, and choose “Resize/Move Partition”.

Shrink recovery partition

Step 2. In the pop-up window, position the mouse pointer and drag the border leftwards to shrink the recovery partition. Then click "OK".

Drag to shrink

Step 3. Then it will back to the main console and you could preview the partition be shrunk. Click the "Apply" on the toolbar to commit the operation.


Further reading: Remove drive letter of recovery partition to skip Windows checking

If you receive the low space warning as the user in the scenario but don't want to invest time and resources on a recovery partition, you may try removing its drive letter to bypass Windows inspection.

Step 1. Run Diskpart.exe as administrator.

Step 2. Input following commands successively:

•list volume (identify the Recovery drive with partition size)

•select volume # (“#” replace the drive number with the correct one)

•remove letter=D (replace the letter with your recovery partition)

Remove the drive letter

Step 3. Close Command Prompt and restart your Windows 10 to take effect.

To sum up

Now you know how to resize recovery partition on Windows 10 PC. Due to the many limits of Windows built-in tools, we sincerely suggest you try AOMEI Partition Assistant. You can extend and shrink the recovery partition on your disk, and if you insist, you can also make a recovery USB, and then you can safely remove the recovery partition with this tool in case you need WinRE in the future.

Lucas · Staff Editor
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