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No matter how many times I restart my computer I keep getting this message "Restart to complete updates".

Can you please suggest what to look for and how to fix the problem?

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Please confirm which Ubuntu version. Have you opened a terminal session and run: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade ? What (if any) errors are shown? – david6 Jun 11 '12 at 3:33
Does it allow you to login? – Mitch Jun 11 '12 at 6:04

Try sudo apt-get clean first. Then do sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade.

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There is a magic file. If it exists, this signals that a reboot is needed. Its path is: /var/run/reboot-required

Try to delete that file as root and tell us whether it is possible to delete it. If it is possible to delete it, check whether the problem is gone.

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Install Synaptic Package Manager then search there for "update manager" and reinstall it.

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