Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation

How to fix "Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation" Error?

If your computer starts to show various errors, starts having issues during boot or something in the Windows system is not working as it should, there is a good chance that there are some missing or corrupted files. System File Checker (or SFC) is a built-in Windows operating system utility that allows users to scan Windows system for corrupted or missing files and automatically restore them. In order to use System File Checker you need to open Command Prompt and to execute the sfc /scannow command, then it will scan all system files and replace corrupted files with cached copies.

Since there is no perfect operating system and users do need to use the System File Checker from time to time in order to fix various problems. However, some users reported that the System File Checker itself started malfunctioning and it is giving the error that says “Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation”. This error message bothers not only Windows 10 users and it can occur at any time during the scan, or the scan could get stuck at the same percentage and then fail, multiple times.

If you are reading this article, then you are at the right place. The particular reason for this error remains unknown and it can vary, depending on the operating system and other factors. However, there are some methods that could possibly solve this problem and fix the error. In this article we are going to describe the solutions and provide step-by-step guide. Read the guide below and follow our instructions, and hopefully the problem will be solved.

Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation

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Run SFC Scan In Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a diagnostic start-up mode in Windows operating systems used to obtain limited access to Windows when the operating system does not start or function normally. It is the opposite of Normal Mode, which starts Windows in the usual manner. Safe Mode is available on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and most older versions of Windows.

One of the most common steps when troubleshooting a computer is to boot into Safe Mode. Safe Mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers. It can help to troubleshoot problems on your computer, and it can be effective way to scan your system for malware. Read this guide to find out how to start your Windows in Safe Mode.

If you are unable to start your Windows in Safe Mode anyway, then we recommend you to use your Windows installation media, like Windows DVD or USB, that contains Windows installation files. If you have a DVD or USB that contains your Windows 10 installation media, then insert it and restart your computer. You should get an on-screen message saying that you need to press any key to boot from CD or DVD. Simply press any key on your keyboard and follow the instructions. Select the installation language and click "Next", you should see "Repair your computer" option in the next step, find it and click it. This will lead you to the Automatic Repair screen. From there go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options and select Startup Settings. Select the Safe Mode option and run the sfc /scannow command in Safe Mode.

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Run CHKDSK Utility

It is always a good idea to periodically check your disk for errors. There is a built-in tool in Windows tool to check the integrity of disks. It examines disks and corrects many types of common errors. You can run this tool from the command line or through a graphical interfac, in your case we recommend you to run it through Command Prompt. To run it from the command line, open Command Prompt, type "command prompt" and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result, select "Run as administrator" from the drop-down menu.

run chkdsk utility step 1

In Command Prompt window type the "chkdsk C: /f" command and press Enter on your keyboard. Replace "C" with the letter of your hard drive if it is not the C: drive you want to scan (or your Windows operating system is on another drive) on your computer. The "chkdsk C: /f" command detects and repairs logical issues affecting your drive. To repair physical issues, run the "chkdsk C: /r" command as well. Windows will need to restart your computer to finish the scan, restart it and see if this fixed the “Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation” error. 

run chkdsk utility step 2

The disk checking could take a lot of time, depending on your computer overall speed and the size of your hard drive. Be patient and wait until it gets finished.

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Run ICACLS Command

It is possible that System File Checker is failing to scan your system because it can not access the WinSxS folder due to some issues with the WinSxS folder's security descriptors. To run the ICALCS command open Command Prompt with administrative privileges again and execute the "ICACLS C:\Windows\winsxs" command.

run icacls command

Restart your computer and run the System File Checker agai, see if this fixed the “Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation” error.

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Run DISM Command

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management and it can be used to repair and prepare Windows images, including the Windows Recovery Environment, Windows Setup, and Windows PE. To run DISM scan you need to open Command Prompt as administrator again and to type in this command: "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth". Press Enter on your keyboard to execute it. Wait for the process to complete and see if you are now able to run the System File Checker.

run dism command

If none of the methods mentioned above solved the problem for you then you could try to reinstall your Windows. That would mean erasing your current installation and replacing it with a clean one. Usually reinstalling Windows fixes all the problems, but that is the last thing we recommend and you should do it only if nothing else helps.

That's it, we hope one of our provided solutions solved the problem and it was not necessary to reinstall your Windows operating system. If there is another method that solved the problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.

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