Restart Computer Failed during SQL 2014 installation


During a ordinary installation of an SQL instance in SQL 2014, I stumbled upon an error in the Global Rules check: Restart Computer – Failed

SQL 2014 Restart Computer error - RebootRequiredCheck

Apparently there was some pending reboot process hanging., since I already restarted the server twice.
Most forum posts on the internet will advise you to use the switch /SkipRules=RebootRequiredCheck but this didn’t work for me. Instead, I solved this issue by renaming a registry entry PendingFileNameOperations :

  1. Open your Registry Editor
  2. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
  3. Rename the entry PendingFileRenameOperations to PendingFileRenameOperations-temp (you can later change it back to its original name, to keep the pending actions) PendingFileNameOperations - RebootRequiredCheck - Restart Computer
  4. Restart the SQL 2014 installation. The Global Rules check will now pass

Bottom line: In SQL 2014 the /SkipRules=RebootRequiredCheck  switch does NOT work. It only works in SQL 2008

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I followed the above method in Windows 10 for SQL 2014 Installation, but its not working. Unfortunately, /SkipRules=RebootRequiredCheck command fix my issue.


Very helpfull! Thanks


Thanks. I was stuck while uninstalling SQL 2008 and 2014, nothing was working. But this actually worked.

Senasuma Software

Very helpfull! Thanks

Wedadi Tveil

I did not see the file in session manger folder, what should I do then ?

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