No action was taken as a system reboot is required [Fix]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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No action was taken system reboot required

ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT is a system error and it’s usually represented with No action was taken as a system reboot is required message. This error can affect any Windows operating system, and Windows 10 is no exception, so today we’re going to show you how to fix it properly.



Solution 1 – Keep your system up to date


Before we start fixing this problem, we strongly recommend that you try updating your system. Windows 10 is a solid operating system, but it has some bugs and glitches. Microsoft is working hard to find and fix these bugs, and the best way to keep your system bug-free is to download the latest updates.

Windows 10 usually automatically downloads updates in the background, but sometimes you can miss an important update. This is why it’s necessary that you check for updates manually. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the Update & security section.
  3. Now click on Check for updates button.

Windows will now check for updates. If any updates are available Windows will download them in the background and install them once you restart your PC. After updating your PC, check if the problem still persists.

Solution 2 – Check your antivirus

If you want to keep your PC safe from online threats, it’s important to have a proper antivirus tool installed. However, third-party antivirus software can enforce certain policies that interfere with your system and cause this and other errors to appear. Usually the cause for this problem is a security feature that interferes with your system, so you need to find that feature and disable it. This isn’t a simple task, especially if you’re not familiar with antivirus and system security.

If you can’t find the problematic feature, you can disable your antivirus entirely and check if that solves the problem. Lastly, you can also try to remove your antivirus as a potential solution. We have to mention that many antivirus tools tend to leave certain files and registry entries behind after you uninstall them, so we recommend to use a dedicated removal tool to clean all leftover files. Almost all antivirus companies offer dedicated removal tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus.

If uninstalling your antivirus solves the problem, you can try installing the latest version of the antivirus software or you can switch to a different antivirus solution completely. Users reported that AVG antivirus can cause this problem to appear, but you should be able to remove it completely by using the AVG Remover tool.

Solution 3 – Use Revo Uninstaller to remove the problematic applications

Several users reported this error message while using Plex. According to them, they managed to fix the problem by removing the application with Revo Uninstaller. This is an uninstaller software and it will remove all files and registry entries associated with the application. After the application is completely removed, you can install it again and check if the problem appears.

Keep in mind that this error can appear with other applications as well, so be sure to remove them with uninstaller software and then reinstall them.


Solution 4 – Install reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables

Many Windows applications require Visual C++ Redistributables in order to work. Sometimes system errors such as this one can occur if you don’t have the necessary Redistributables installed. To fix the problem, you need to download Visual C++ Redistributables and install them. Keep in mind that different programs tend to use different versions of Redistributables, so you might have to download and install more than one version.

On the other hand, sometimes this issue can appear with the problematic Visual C++ Redistributables installation. If that’s the case, you need to remove and reinstall all Visual C++ Redistributables and check if that solves the problem.

Solution 5 – Use Microsoft Fix it application

Users reported this problem while trying to update or remove Plex. It seems that there’s a problem with the installer, but you can resolve it with a Fix it application from Microsoft. This is a useful tool that fixes corrupted registry keys and many other problems related to installation or removal of other software. To fix the issue, simply download the Fix it tool and run it on your PC. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the removal process.

In addition, you might want to check for any leftover files in the installation directory and remove them manually. After doing that, you should be able to reinstall Plex without any problems. Even though this solution works with Plex, you’re free to use it with any other problematic application.

Solution 6 – Create a new user account

Sometimes No action was taken as a system reboot is required message can be caused by corrupted user account. To fix the problem, it’s advised to create a new user profile and check if that solves the issue. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and navigate to Accounts section.
  2. Navigate to the Family & other people in the menu on the left and click on Add someone else to this PC.
  3. Click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
  4. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  5. Enter the desired user name and click on Next.

After creating a new user account, switch to it and check if the error still appears. If not, you might want to try removing any recently installed applications and check if that solves the problem on your main account. Alternatively, you can switch to the new account and use it as your main one.

Solution 7 – Perform System Restore

If this error message started appearing recently, you might be able to solve it by using System Restore. This is a useful feature that can easily restore your system and fix any recent problems. We have to warn you that this feature can also remove recently saved files, so you might want to back them up before using System Restore. To restore your system, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Choose Create a restore point from the menu.
  2. System Properties window will appear. Click on System Restore button.
  3. When System Restore window opens, click on Next.
  4. Check Show more restore points option, select the desired restore point and click on Next.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the restoration.

After restoring your system, check if the error still appears. System Restore is fast and simple way to fix computer problems, so be sure to try it out.

Solution 8 – Reset Windows 10

If none of the previous solutions can fix the problem, you might want to consider resetting Windows 10. This process will delete all files from your system drive, so be sure to back them up. We also have to mention that this process might require a Windows 10 installation media, so be sure to create it. To reset Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open the Start Menu and click the Power button. Press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart from the menu.
  2. List of options will appear. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything. You might need to insert your Windows 10 installation media during this step, so be sure to have it ready.
  3. Select your version of Windows and choose Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
  4. You’ll now see a list of files that the reset will remove. Once you’re ready to start, click on Reset button.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the reset process.

After resetting Windows 10 you’ll have a fresh installation. Now you just have to install all your applications and check if the problem is resolved. This is a drastic solution and it will remove all your files from the system drive, so use it as a last resort.

No action was taken as a system reboot is required message can cause certain problems, but you should be able to fix it by using one of our solutions.