- No action was taken as a system reboot is required is a system error that you need to address quickly.
- Since your device should still be fully usable, you can try one of the solutions we list below.
- Learn how to fix system errors like a pro with our guides in the Troubleshooting section.
- Our collection of articles in the Windows System Hub should help whenever similar issues occur.
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.
How do I fix ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT?
1. 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 might 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.
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Of course, the impact is not fully reduced, as the tool needs resources to run real-time protection and offer increased security against online threats.
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2. Remove problematic apps
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.
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3. Keep your system up to date
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Navigate to the Update & security section.
- Now click on Check for updates button.
Windows will now check for updates. If any 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.
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.
4. 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.
Therefore, 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 (using the IObit Uninstaller we mentioned earlier) and reinstall all redistributables.
5. Use Microsoft Fix it application
Microsoft offers a free troubleshooter that you can download and fix corrupted registry keys or other problems related to installation or removal of other software.
You can download this 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 the faulty app without any problems.
6. Create a new user account
- Open the Settings app and navigate to the Accounts section.
- Navigate to the Family & other people in the menu on the left.
- Click on Add someone else to this PC.
- Click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
- Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- 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 it doesn’t, 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.
7. Perform a System Restore
- Optional: Back up recently saved files before using System Restore.
- Press Windows Key + S and choose Create a restore point from the menu.
- Click on System Restore button.
- When System Restore window opens, click on Next.
- Check Show more restore points option, select the desired restore point and click on Next.
- 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.
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:
- Open the Start Menu and click the Power button.
- Press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart from the menu.
- In the list of options, you’ll get, choose Troubleshoot.
- Then select Reset this PC and Remove everything. (You might need to insert your Windows 10 installation media during this step, so be sure to have it ready.)
- Select your version of Windows and choose Only the drive where Windows is installed.
- Next, choose Just remove my files.
- You’ll now see a list of files that the reset will remove. Once you’re ready to start, click on Reset button.
- 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.
We hope that you were able to fix the ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT issue with one of our solutions. We’d like to hear what worked for you, so use the comments sections below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and was completely revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.