• No action has been taken as a system reboot is required, it is a system error that you need to fix quickly.
  • Since your device should still be fully usable, you can try one of the solutions below.
  • Learn how to fix system errors like a pro with our troubleshooting guides.
  • Our collection of articles on Windows System Hub should help when similar issues occur.

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ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT is a system error and is usually represented by the message No action taken because the system needs to be restarted.

This error can affect any Windows operating system and Windows 10 is no exception, so today we will show you how to fix it correctly.


How do I fix ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT?

1. Check your antivirus

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If you want to protect your PC from online threats, it is important to install a good antivirus program.

However, third-party antivirus software can enforce certain policies that disrupt your system and cause these and other errors to appear.

Most of the time, the cause of this problem is a security feature that is interfering with your system, so you need to find and disable that feature. This is not an easy task, especially if you are not familiar with antivirus and system security.

If you can’t find the problem function, you can disable your antivirus program completely and check if that solves the problem. Finally, as a possible solution, you can also try uninstalling your antivirus.

However, since it also comes with many risks to keep your device protected, we recommend using VIPRE as a more reliable antivirus, with minimal impact on your system performance.

Of course, the impact is not completely reduced as the tool needs resources to run real-time protection and provide more security against online threats.

But the number of false positives detected by VIPRE, i.e. the good processes that the antivirus detects as potentially harmful, is significantly less compared to other similar software in the industry.


2. Remove problematic apps

Several users have reported this error while using Plex. According to them, they managed to solve the problem by uninstalling the application using IObit Uninstaller.

This is uninstaller software and will remove all files and registry entries associated with the application. Once the app is completely uninstalled then you can reinstall it and check if the problem still occurs.

Keep in mind that this error can also occur with other applications so make sure to uninstall them using the uninstaller software and then reinstall them.


3. Keep your system up to date

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the Update & Security section.

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3. Now click on the Check for Updates button.

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

Windows 10 usually downloads updates automatically in the background, but sometimes you can miss an important update. Therefore, you have to manually check for updates.


4. Reinstall Visual C++ Redistributables 

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Many Windows applications require Visual C++ Redistributables to function. Sometimes such system errors can occur if you have not installed the required Redistributables.

So download Visual C++ Redistributables and install them.

Keep in mind that different programs often use different versions of Redistributables, so you may need to download and install more than one version.

On the other hand, this problem can sometimes occur with a problematic installation of Visual C++ Redistributables. If so, you’ll need to delete all redistributable files (using the IObit Uninstaller we mentioned above) and reinstall.


5. Use Microsoft Fix it application

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Microsoft provides a free troubleshooter that can download and repair corrupted registry keys or other problems related to installing or removing other software.

You can download this tool and run it on your PC. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.

You can also check for leftover files in the installation folder and delete them manually.

After doing that, you should be able to reinstall the faulty app without any problems.


6. Create a new user account

  1. Open the Settings app and go to the Accounts section.

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2. Navigate to Family & Others in the menu on the left.
3. Click Add someone else to this PC.

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4. Click I don’t have this person’s login details.

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5. Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
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6. Enter the desired username and click Next.

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After creating a new user account, change it and check if the error still shows up.

If not, you can try uninstalling recently installed apps and see if that fixes the problem on your main account. You can also switch to the new account and use it as your main account.


7. Perform a System Restore

  1. Optional: Back up your recently saved files before using System Restore.
  2. Press Windows key + S and choose Create a restore point from the menu.

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3. Click the System Restore button.

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4.When the System Restore window opens, click Next.
5.Check the Show more restore points option, select the desired restore point and click                Next.

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6. Follow the instructions to complete the restoration.
After restoring your system, check if the error still appears. System Restore is a quick and easy way to fix problems with your computer, so be sure to give it a try.


8. Reset Windows 10

If none of the above solutions can fix the problem, you should consider resetting Windows 10.

This process will delete all files from the system drive, so make sure to create a backup. We should also mention that this process may require an installation media for Windows 10, so make sure you create it.

To reset Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu and click the power button.
  2. Hold down the Shift key and select Restart from the menu.

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3. Choose Troubleshoot from the list of options you get.
4. Then select Reset this PC and Remove everything. (You may need to insert your                       Windows 10 installation media during this step, so make sure you have it handy.)
5. Select your version of Windows and choose Only the drive where Windows is                            installed.
6. Then choose Delete my files.
7. You will now see a list of files that will be deleted by the reset. Once you’re ready to get                    started, click the Reset button.
8. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reboot process.

After resetting Windows 10, you will have a fresh installation. Now all you have to do is install all your applications and check if the problem is solved.

This is a drastic solution and it will delete all your files from the system drive so use it as a last resort.

We hope you were able to resolve the ERROR_FAIL_NOACTION_REBOOT issue with one of our solutions. We’d love to know what has worked for you, so use the comments section below.

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