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SharePoint 2010 Setup Error

Sometimes in life things happen when you least expect them.  This was my experience some few weeks ago when I had to install SharePoint 2010 on a new server. I installed all the pre-requisites needed for this application and going forward  I was faced with a very strange error – strange because I haven’t seen this before and I was not expecting it anyway.

The error is as follows – see the Figure 1 below

(Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):
A system restart from a previous installation or update is pending. Restart your computer and run setup to continue.
For the list of pre-requisites needed to install the product please refer to:
Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.)

Figure 1



This was still happening even after restarting the server. Digging further, I turned to the registry editor and I found the culprit , PendingFileRenameOperation registry key  existed which needed deleting as shown in Figure 2 below.

Figure 2



After the deleting, the setup continued without any problems – see figure 3 below.

Figure 3



I trust this has been useful and will hopefully come in handy should you have similar problems/errors in the future.

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Ezekiel is an IT professional with over ten years experience in building database applications and BI solutions. He holds a BSc Computer Science degree from KNUST, Ghana and a MSc Business IT degree from Kingston Business School, London. He has delivered solutions for the Insurance, Banking, Telecom and Housing Industries and his key expertise include developing Microsoft BI solutions using the full stack and C#, Business Process Improvement and Project Risk Management. He is a Microsoft SQL Server Certified Professional.


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