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Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop

Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop: Windows Updates is an important part of Microsoft Operating System but what happens when updates fail to install and you’re stuck in an infinite loop trying to install the updates. Well, this is the case here where users are stuck in the loop where whenever you open Windows update it keep asking you to “Restart your computer to install important updates” but even when the system reboot you will face this message again when you open Windows update.

Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop

In short, every time you start your PC Windows updates will ask you to restart it as it wants to install the updates but even when you restart your system Windows won’t be updated and it will again ask you to restart your PC to install important updates. This is a very annoying issue and users have disabled Windows Update as they are frustrated restarting their PC on every boot.

Fix Restart your computer to install important updates infinite loop

The main cause of this error seems to be Windows registry key called “RebootRequired” which might have corrupted because of which Windows is not able to update and hence the restart loop. The simple fix is to delete the key and restart your PC but sometimes this fix doesn’t work for everyone that’s why we have listed all the possible solutions for this problem. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop problem with the below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Delete RebootRequired Registry Key

1.Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Key.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following registry key and hit Enter:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\RebootRequired

3.Now right-click on RebootRequired Key then select Delete.

Delete RebootRequired Key in order to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop

4.Reboot your PC and again try to update Windows.

This should able to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop issue but if didn’t then continue.

Method 2: Perform a clean boot

1.Press Windows Key + R then type msconfig and hit enter to System Configuration.

msconfig

2.On General tab, choose Selective Startup and under it make sure the option “load startup items” is unchecked.

system configuration check selective startup clean boot

3.Navigate to the Services tab and checkmark the box that says “Hide all Microsoft services.

hide all microsoft services

4.Next, click Disable all which would disable all the other remaining services.

5.Restart your PC and again try to install updates.

6.If the issue is resolved then it’s definitely caused by a third party software. In order to zero in on the particular software, you should enable a group of services (refer the previous steps) at a time then reboot your PC. Keep doing this until you figure out a group of services which are causing this error then check the services under this group one by one until you find which one is causing the problem.

6.After you had finish troubleshooting make sure to undo the above steps (select Normal startup in step 2) in order to start your PC normally.

Method 3: Reset the Transactional Logfiles

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Type the following command into cmd one by one and hit Enter after each one:
Note: If asked for confirmation while running any one of the below command type “Y” and hit Enter.

fsutil resource setautoreset true %SystemDrive%\

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%\System32\Config\TxR\*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\Config\TxR\*

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.tm*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.blf
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.regtrans-ms

3.If you are not able to run the above commands then boot your PC into safe mode and then try above commands.

4.Reboot your PC to save changes and again try to update Windows.

Method 4: Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

1.Type “troubleshooting” in Windows Search bar and click on Troubleshooting.

troubleshooting control panel

2.Next, from the left window pane select View all.

3.Then from the Troubleshoot computer problems list select Windows Update.

select windows update from troubleshoot computer problems

4.Follow on-screen instruction and let the Windows Update Troubleshoot run.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

5.Restart your PC to save changes.

This should help you in fixing Restart your computer to install important updates loop problem.

Method 5: Rename SoftwareDistribution Folder

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

2.Now type the following commands to stop Windows Update Services and then hit Enter after each one:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

Stop Windows update services wuauserv cryptSvc bits msiserver

3.Next, type the following command to rename SoftwareDistribution Folder and then hit Enter:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old

Rename SoftwareDistribution Folder

4.Finally, type the following command to start Windows Update Services and hit Enter after each one:

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Start Windows update services wuauserv cryptSvc bits msiserver

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 6: Run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management ) Tool

1.Press Windows Key + X and click on Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt admin

2.Type the following and press enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health system

3.Let the DISM command run and wait for it to finish.

4. Now again run this command in order to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop issue:

DISM /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions

5.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 7: Run Microsoft Official Troubleshooter

You could try the Fixit or official Troubleshooter in order to Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop error message.

Download Microsoft Troubleshooter to  Fix Windows Update cannot currently check for updates error

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

1 thought on “Fix Restart your computer to install important updates loop”

  1. Success! Thank you for this resource. By deleting the RebootRequired keys, my problem (on Windows Server 2008 SP2) was resolved.

    Thanks again.

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