"Add Features" in Win 2008 R2 prompts to reboot server

I was trying to add feature to enable "Windows backup" but upon clicking "Add Feature",
it prompts to reboot the server.  

I recall in the past I was able to enable this Windows backup feature without rebooting.

Q1:
Why does it prompt this time?

Q2:
Is there any other way to enable Windows Backup without the need to reboot?
sunhuxAsked:
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cwstad2Commented:
You may find that the new version adds additional components hence the request for the reboot.  I have found on occasion that a feature I have added works without a reboot although it stated one was Required. Give it a go and see
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
But I can't even get to do "Add Feature"  (for Windows Backup) as it won't let
me get past  the reboot prompt.  I'll take a screen shot this Fri when back to
office
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cwstad2Commented:
Did you manage to get a screen shot
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rindiCommented:
It looks like something else has already been done which requires a server reboot, for example Windows updates, and so the reboot for that is still pending. So you'll have to reboot before that task is finished. Once that has finished properly, you should be able to add new roles and features without first requiring a reboot.
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
You have a pending reboot on the server which is preventing the installation of any new roles or features.

Something was done to the server that has requested a reboot.   Essentially the server is telling you it is in a potentially unstable state due to a change, to clear this state, a reboot needs to be executed.  You really need to bounce the server.

Any further installations (new windows updates, functionality changes {features/roles} and possible some 3rd party software) will, most likely, be blocked until this is done.

You could try to reset the registry key that is indicating a reboot, but I do not recommend this.  My recommendation is to reboot the server.

For info only:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/0b9efb57-5adb-4399-a968-c2ee1a321baf/how-to-cancel-pending-system-reboot?forum=exchangesvrgenerallegacy

Dan
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
As others said, you should reboot the server. If some updates required a reboot they will not become active before you indeed reboot and thus the security holes they are closing may still be open and leaving your server at risk.
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