FIX: Restart your computer to install important updates loop

Windows Updates is a program that comes packed into Windows, managed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a way for Microsoft to push updates to your system and apply them. Issues with Windows Updates are a common occurrence. A basic user is usually left baffled when issues occur with Windows Updates and the updates aren’t being installed.

In this guide, we will address a similar issue where the Windows Update program is stuck in a reboot loop, and every time you open it, it tells you to “Restart your computer to install important updates“.

This issue is triggered by a Registry Key called “RebootRequired“. Simply deleting it and rebooting the system will fix the issue.

Before you proceed with the steps below, make sure you take a back up of your registry hive. (see here). Once you’ve taken the registry backup, proceed with the steps below.

Fix Restart Loop to Install Important Updates

  1. Open Run Dialog by Holding the Windows Key and Press R. Type regedit and click OK2016-01-24_112459
  2. In the Registry Editor window, browse to the following path, which you can do by clicking the folders from the left pane in the registry editor.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\RebootRequired
  3. Once there, expand Auto Update key under Windows Update and delete the key called RebootRequired. Make sure not to delete anything else, ONLY delete RebootRequired (by Right Clicking) it from the right pane.

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If you end up deleting an incorrect key, you can restore the registry hive back using the link above. You can also do a system restore, if you have a restore point created. To open System Restore, Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type rstrui.exe in the run dialog and click OK. Click Next, and choose Show More Restore Points. Select the one that has the date prior to you making changes to the registry.

Kevin Arrows


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FIX: Restart your computer to install important updates loop

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