Friday, 28 November 2008

Restart Pending with Bootcamp Drivers (fix)

If you constantly get the error that there is a restart pending when trying to install the bootcamp drivers there is a simple fix. Ensure you have rebooted a couple of times just to be sure and if it persists with the Restart Pending error then follow these instructions.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager and delete or rename the PendingFileRenameOperations value (see screenshot - click to enlarge).

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10 comments:

Mista2 said...

Cheers. I haven't been able to patch my Vista install since January, SP1 and dependent updates failing as BootCamp needs to be updated first, couldn't get boot camp to update by Apple auto updater, manual install faiing on this error - grr.
Anyway, deleting this key was the answer, looks like Logitechs camera updates leave this behind. Cheer

Will - aka metal_junkie said...

Yeah, it seems that Logitech drivers like to mess things up from time to time.

Glad I could help, it really pissed me off for a time too. :-)

Paul said...

Yay! Thanks :D

John said...

I can't find this directory in Windows 7 RC. Am I typing it wrong? I tried a few times, but maybe there's something I'm missing, a space, or lack there of? Thanx man.

Mad Doctor said...

it seems I had to delete the key *while* the installer was running (after the NVIDIA driver install got borked, and before it finished) - finally (returning to the problem after ignoring it for months) installing BootCamp 3.0!

monsterr2 said...

Thank You so much Mad Doctor. The method worked if I delete the reg while nvidia iz installing. Finnaly!!!

sysadmin said...

Thanks for the tip, I did what MadDoctor did (deleted the key while the installer was running - run RegEdit and keep hitting F5 so you catch it!) and works perfectly now.

d5o3 said...

Mad Doctor is right. The installation of the NVIDIA drivers actually creates the reg key that needs to be deleted. So you need to sit there with your external mouse (because the trackpad drivers haven't been installed yet) and with regedit open, hitting F5 to keep everything refreshed, until the new key pops into existence. You need to quickly delete the key before the NVIDIA drivers have finished installing.

metalhead_82 said...

You have to bear in mind that this post was from 2008 and it was a totally different version of bootcamp, 2.0 if I recall correctly. So I'm not even sure if it's particularly relevant anymore.

The nvidia drivers didn't create the key, because I always used to remove the driver packages I didn't want to be installed before running the bootcamp installer, because in apples wisdom, they install all drivers whether your system has the hardware or not.
And nvidia was one of the ones I used to remove, because I have an ATI card in my Mac Pro. :)

Jeff said...

I was having this issue installing the Boot Camp 3.1 drivers in Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I had to delete the NVIDIA drivers during the installation in order for it to finish. I have boot camped my macbook pro twice since buying it in August 2010 and the first time this problem did not present itself. The only difference between the installations was the first time the system was fresh out of the box.