Windows 10: Restart needed to apply changes

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  1.    27 Jun 2016 #1

    Restart needed to apply changes


    Upgraded to Windows 10 six days ago. All worked normally until today, when the message appears at start-up that a re-start is required for changes to take effect. Re-starting only produces the message again. Windows last updated successfully five days ago (Microsoft Silverlight). I don't see any update failures reported. What has happened to cause Windows to constantly ask for a restart?

    Thanks in advance. An image of the message is attached.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Restart Message.JPG  
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  2. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       27 Jun 2016 #2

    Try shutdown instead of restart ... that's the first thing I'd try
    then
    Make sure that User Account Control is set to he default
    then
    Part One: To Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 in this tutorial: Clean Boot
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  3. Posts : 2,547
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16257.1
       27 Jun 2016 #3

    For starters try to run a full cleanup.

    Disk Cleanup - Open and Use in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. Posts : 3,749
    Mac OS Sierra
       27 Jun 2016 #4

    Have you also done a full malware scan, to make sure that it is not a bug disguising itself as a legal message box.
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  5.    29 Jun 2016 #5

    Update: The problem appears to be resolved, although I'm not sure what action contributed to it.

    Re: Check for malware. As soon as the problem first appeared, I did a complete malware/virus scan with no problems identified. The request for a restart continued.
    Re: Do a system cleanup. Was run shortly thereafter. The request for a restart continued.
    Re: Do a complete shutdown. Did several of these, and the request for a restart continued.
    Re: User Account Control - was set to default. To make sure, I set it to a different setting, then re-set it to default.
    On the next start after shutdown, the problem did not appear (no request for a restart). The computer has now run two days, through multiple reboots and shutdowns, without it reappearing.

    Thank you for the suggestions. It appears that for the moment all is operating normally once again. I'll hold off for a few days marking this as solved, but I will do that if things continue to be fine. Thanks again.
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  6.    02 Jul 2016 #6

    Too quick - Not quite resolved.

    It is not resolved on a restart - the message reappears requesting a restart after bootup. But on a complete shut down, the message is no longer appearing upon boot up. Any thoughts?
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  7. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       02 Jul 2016 #7

    Could be something in your hibernation file.

    Launch Command Prompt (Admin)
    enter the following commands

    cd \
    dir /a hiber*.*

    (if there is not a hiberfil.sys, just exit)

    (otherwise - turn off hibernation)

    powercfg /h off
    exit

    Restart to test

    Since hibernation was on before (hiberfil.sys existed), you can turn it back on if you want

    Launch Command Prompt (Admin)
    enter the following commands

    powercfg /h off
    exit
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  8.    03 Jul 2016 #8

    Slartybart - Thanks for the response.

    Followed directions; hiberfil.sys exists, turned powercfg /h off. That now causes the reboot notice to appear on a power down/reboot as well as a restart. Question: Should have the hiberfil.sys file been deleted? (I didn't delete it as you didn't indicate that).

    Any other ideas?
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  9. Posts : 2,547
    Windows 10.4 Home 1703 x64 16257.1
       03 Jul 2016 #9

    There should be no hiberfil.sys once disabled. You can delete it, if it was left over.

    Slartybart said: View Post
    powercfg /h off
    Should not the command be:

    powercfg -h off
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  10. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       03 Jul 2016 #10

    WayUpNorth said: View Post
    Slartybart - Thanks for the response.
    Followed directions; hiberfil.sys exists, turned powercfg /h off. That now causes the reboot notice to appear on a power down/reboot as well as a restart. Question: Should have the hiberfil.sys file been deleted? (I didn't delete it as you didn't indicate that).
    Any other ideas?
    Check for the hiberfil.sys file again - it shouldn't be there
    Command Prompt (Admin)
    c:
    cd \
    dir /a hiber*.*

    Turning off hibernation would not change the cold start - so there's something else

    You did turn off hibernation - right?
    You're only asking about deleting hiberfil.sys because I didn't explicit say "Delete hiberfil.sys" - right?
    I had to read your post a few times - I almost thought that you missed the not in (if there is not a hiberfil.sys, just exit)
    but I think you're alright - just double checking.


    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    There should be no hiberfil.sys once disabled. You can delete it, if it was left over.

    Should not the command be: powercfg -h off
    slash or dash doesn't matter, they both work
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