[FIXED] Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation

The Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation error is one of the most common errors occuring in the Windows Operating System nowadays. There are times when a user will need to run the file checking functionality, that is, the system file checker provided by the Windows Operating System but when they try and run the sfc/scannow command, they receive a statement which says ‘Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation’.

There are many possible reasons that this error is occuring on your system. Some of them are :

  • Malfunctioning files, folders or core configurations
  • The folder which needs to be accessed is inaccessible
  • The drive partition has errors
  • The files essential to the Operating System are damaged
  • The System Architecture of your Operating System is having problems

We cannot mention all the possible core issues but we have mentioned all the common ones. This guide has been compiled using all the fixes available anywhere on the internet so that you will not need to jump from website to website searching for the correct fix to your problems. The steps have been simplified so that even an average computer user can follow them in order to easily solve the ‘Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation’ error.

There have been instances where the users have cause irreversible damage to their systems. The damage is caused by the misconfiguration of certain files which are important to the operating system. Make sure you create a system restore point so that your system will be recoverable and you can go all out on all the fixes which are mentioned below.

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4 Fixes for Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation Error

Fix 1: Check for Disk Errors

  • Open up the Start menu
  • Search for Command Prompt or CMD
  • Right click the result and click on the option to Run it as an Administrator
  • Use the command: CHKDSK C: /R
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  • Press Y when prompted to and press the Enter button
  • Reboot your computer and the issues should be fixed

The command which we used above might take some of your time depending on the size of the data it has to scan.

If the method above does not fix the Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation error then make sure you jump on to the next fix

Fix 2: Change the Security Descriptors

There is a folder named ‘winsxs’ which the operating system needs to access in order to run all the commands related to the sfc successfully

If this folder becomes inaccessible then it needs to be fixed because you will no longer to scan the file scan functionality

  • Open up the Start menu
  • Search for cmd or Command Prompt
  • Right click the name and Run it as an Administrator
  • Use the command: ICACLS C:\Windows\winsxs
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  • Wait for the changes to take effect, close all the windows, and restart your computer

This should now solve the Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation error.

If the ‘Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation’ error still persists, make sure you follow the next fix.

Fix 3: Run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management commands

  • Open up the Start menu
  • Search for cmd or Command Prompt
  • Right click on the result and click on the Run as Administrator option
  • Once the Command Prompt window is open, use the following commands:
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
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    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth, Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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  • Make sure you use then one by one and press the Enter key after entering each one of them
  • Wait for the processes to be finished and restart your computer
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This should surely fix the ‘Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation’ error.

In case the error still persists, make sure to follow the next fix

Fix 4: Use Startup Repair

  • Use the bootable drive (Windows 10) and reboot the computer
  • Enter the Boot menu by following the on screen instruction
  • Open Language and Preferences and click the Repair option
  • Use the Troubleshoot functionality
  • Open Advanced settings inside the Troubleshoot functionality and click the Automatic Startup Repair button

After everything has been done, reboot your computer and all your issues will surely go away

Conclusion:

This is one of the most comprehensive guide which you will find on the internet. Make sure that you follow all the steps which are mentioned in this guide. We hope this helps you solve the ‘Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation’ error and allows you to scan your files. Good luck.

 

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