“The Program Cannot Restore the System Partition” Error Solution

Have you ever encountered the error message "The program cannot restore the system partition" when you want to repair your Lenovo computer? Why does this problem occur? You can find the cause of this error and how to fix it on this page.


By Yuka / Updated on November 1, 2022

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Overview of Lenovo OneKey Recovery (OKR)

Lenovo OneKey Recovery

Windows 10 OneKey Recovery is a software pre-installed on some Lenovo laptops, which can help users back up the Lenovo laptop and perform system recovery in the event of a system failure or other unexpected conditions. In order to utilize the function of OneKey Recovery system, the hard disk already contains a hidden partition from the factory, which is used to store system image files and OneKey Recovery system program files.

For security reasons, this default partition is hidden to avoid any unwanted deletion or modification, which is why the available disk space is less than the specified capacity. But you need to know that the factory image does not contain any personal data or installed programs, and only keeps a clean copy of the operating system for you, with all the necessary drivers and programs pre-installed. Therefore, it is recommended to use OneKey Recovery to create a custom image.

User Case: Lenovo Onekey Recovery Not Working

However, some users encountered some problems that make Lenovo OneKey Recovery not working properly. The following is one of the situations:


“I'm trying to repair my computer (Lenovo K330 desktop) by Recovery Disk (One key Recovery). The computer just boot and on the way it displays this message ‘The program cannot restore the system partition because its structure is incorrect. You may have to recreate the partition to continue’ and when I try using recovery by pressing F2, command prompt shows up. So I don't know how to recreate the partition, and I can't log into my computer since the startup failed to repair my computer automatically. I can sometime boot in safe mode but as soon as it does everything freezes. I would appreciate any help I could get thanks.”

- Question from Microsoft

The Program Cannot Restore the System Partition

Error Resolution: “The Program Cannot Restore the System Partition”

Why does this error occur? This may be because the partition’s attribute is changed automatically, which made Lenovo OneKey Recovery unable to work normally. Then when you click on this software, you will receive the error message “The program cannot restore the system partition”. Don't worry too much, you can run CMD as an administrator to execute Diskpart commands to solve the error.

  1. In the Windows Search bar, type command, right-click on the Command Prompt, and run it as administrator.
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type Diskpart and press Enter.
  3. Then type the following commands one by one, and press Enter after each command.

● list disk (All the disks on the Lenovo computer will be listed)
● sel disk N (N refers to the letter of the hard drive where Windows 10 Lenovo OneKey Recovery is installed)
● list part
● sel part N (N means the number of WinPE partition which usually is the last one and has the biggest number)
● set id = 12 (This will hide the partition)
● exit

Diskpart Command

After the operation is complete, restart your Lenovo computer and check if the error message “The program cannot restore the system partition” still occurs. This method is recommended by some Lenovo users on the Lenovo Forum. So, it's worth a try.

More Comprehensive OneKey Recovery Tool for All Windows

When the error message "The program cannot restore the system partition" appears on your Lenovo computer, it may be because the attributes of the system partition of the Lenovo computer have changed, causing the backup to be unavailable. This is just a common problem when users use Lenovo OneKey Recovery for Windows 10.

When using this tool, there are other problems, such as Lenovo F11 key is not working, Lenovo Onekey Recovery does not work after Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) in Windows 10, etc. All these problems will affect your experience. How disappointed you are when you find that your backup is useless. In order to avoid encountering these problems, you can choose to use a trustworthy and convenient OneKey backup and recovery alternative solution—AOMEI OneKey Recovery to back up your system. It has the following advantages:

✾ It supports all Windows PCs and Servers, including Windows 7/8/10/11/XP/Vista and Server 2003/2008(R2)/2012(r2)/2016/2019/2022. You can use it on computers of all brands, such as HP, Dell, Samsung, etc.
✾ It supports creating a system image to AOMEI OneKey recovery partition or other storage. Such as local disks, external hard disks, solid state drives, USB flash drives, etc.
✾ It allows you to restore your computer to a previous backed up state by pressing "F11" (default) or "A" key during computer startup. When a disaster occurs, this is the best way to return to normal.
✾ It supports schedule backup in daily, weekly, monthly. Thus, you will never miss any change by backing up them regularly.
✾ It enables you to change backup compression level and encrypt backup with password. You can compress backup image with normal or high compression level in Backup Options.

How to Create Lenovo Recovery Partition in Windows 10

After understanding some basic information about AOMEI OneKey Recovery, I will show you how to use this powerful software to create Lenovo recovery partition. First, click the download button below to have a try.

Download OKR Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Launch AOMEI OKR, click OneKey System Backup in the first screen.

OKR Backup

Step 2. Select Backup system to AOMEI onekey recovery partition and click Next.

Backup System to AOMEI OneKey Recovery Partition

Tip✍: If your computer does not have enough space to accommodate all the contents on the system partition, you can choose "Back up the system to other location" to backup system to new hard drive or other locations, which can effectively avoid lack of disk space.

Step 3. Then, select a partition to store your system image and recovery partition. You can click Advanced to preview the backup effect. Then click Start Backup to create Lenovo recovery partition.

Backup with Lenovo OneKey Recovery Alternative

Final Words

After reading this article, I hope that your Lenovo OneKey Recovery will not show the error message "The program cannot restore the system partition". In the long run, I still recommend that you use AOMEI OneKey Recovery to create system partition backups. You can also use it to create Windows Server 2022 recovery partition.

If you have not yet created a recovery disk or backup system image, please create one. Otherwise, when you encounter problems, you will regret not doing so. To protect unlimited PCs or if you need UI customization, try AOMEI OneKey Recovery Technician or Customization.

Yuka · Editor
Yuka is an editor from AOMEI Technology. She writes articles about AOMEI’s major products—AOMEI Backupper. She hopes to provide everyone with help within her capacity in computer backup and recovery, disk cloning, file synchronization, etc. She likes listening to music, watching live shows and movies at her spare time.