If you’re having troubles running Windows Update or you see the error message:

There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete.
Restart and run SFC again

there is an easy fix:

SOLVED: "There Is a System Repair Pending” Error in Windows

Either in file explorer or via command line go to C:\Windows\WinSXS and if there is a PENDING.XML file there, delete it and reboot your computer, then try Windows Update or SFC /SCANNOW again.

To delete PENDING.XML you will have to take ownership of it or at least give yourself full control NTFS permissions.

We have seen this problem on operating systems from Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2022.

The problem was most likely caused by an unhappy shutdown of the computer which left some patches orphaned in mid-installation so you’ve got to clear out that pending file and start again.


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