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SharePoint 2010 Setup unable to proceed due to a pending system restart

A recent install resulted in the following error:

“Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s): A system restart from a previous installation is pending.”


The problem was related to a registry key “PendingFileRenameOperations” located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager.



Rename the key to PendingFileRenameOperations1 and you will be able to proceed with the install.

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  1. January 12, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Does this then have any negative effect on the PendingFileRenameOperations key for other uses? Or is this file not really used often enough to be an issue?

    • January 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Good question James. I’m not fully sure, but I would guess not. I’d guess it’s remnants of a previous version being on there, and not properly uninstalled. If an application wants to recreate PendingFileRenameOperations it can. Either way, renaming it back should not cause an issue, as it was only the install executable that was complaining.

      • January 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

        Got it, makes sense. Thanks Donal!

  2. July 18, 2011 at 11:01 am

    This problem also occured with Microsoft Search Server 2010 installation and the solution above also works for this product.

  3. David N.
    July 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Great Post! Worked perfectly and saved me a buttload of time.

  4. senthil
    October 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    super its working…

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