A reboot from a previous installation is pending. Please restart the system and then rerun Setup.

asked 2020-09-15T07:14:47.747+00:00
Niranjan T Pattana Shetty 266 Reputation points

Hi All,
Many thanks in advance, I am trying to install Exchange 2o16 management tools on my WIndows 10 machine. I get the below error:

A reboot from a previous installation is pending. Please restart the system and then rerun Setup.

Not sure what needs to be done, everywhere I could see answers for a server OS, but not able to see any post relating to Windows 10.

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Exchange Server Management
Exchange Server: A family of Microsoft client/server messaging and collaboration software.Management: The act or process of organizing, handling, directing or controlling something.
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  1. answered 2020-09-15T07:39:04.493+00:00
    Ashok M 6,376 Reputation points

    Hi,

    Have you restarted the machine before installing the Exchange management tools? If it keeps repeating even post the restart, check what is causing the restart on the machine - any updates which needs to be completed, any software/application which was installed recently requires a restart?

    As a workaround, delete the registry key PendingFileRenameOperations in the location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

    Please note: Export the registry key before making the changes and be careful in making the registry changes as it may cause serious issues if not handled properly.

    Try installing the Exchange management tools post deleting the registry entry.


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  1. answered 2020-09-15T18:44:26.737+00:00
    Niranjan T Pattana Shetty 266 Reputation points

    Hi Ashok,
    Thanks for the guidance, actually there were a few failed updates, probably cause of that a pending reboot. I did the workaround and I was able to succeed with the installation, hope I dont hit any dead-ends using this workaround.