Windows Resource Protection could not Perform the Requested Operation: Know What to do

The SFC or System File Checker is a very useful feature that can help to fix many problems with Windows OS. Generally, an SFC performs a scan to detect corrupted files and fix these issues that are related to system files. A complete SFC can fix any type of system problems. However, there might be situations when the SFC scans fail. There have been many reports against the SFC Scan failures. One such common error message is “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation’.  In this article, we are going to provide you with solutions to fix the problem.

What Causes this Error?

There can be several reasons behind Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation Windows 10 issue. There might be driver issues that cause this problem. Sometimes, the Windows is unable to detect some system files without which SFC is unable to perform a function. If the system is affected by the virus, then also you can face this problem.

Fix Windows Resource Protection could not Perform the Requested Operation

In this section, we have provided some effective methods which can be really helpful for you. So, if you are facing this problem you can try out the following fixes and solve the issue by yourself.

Run the CHKDSK Utility

CHKDSK is an inbuilt Windows utility service that can scan the hard drive partitions. You can use this service to fix the system errors. CHKDSK can detect and fix those issues that arise due to System File Checker. You can easily solve the SFC scan fail issue with the help of this. Follow the steps given below to solve the problem.

  • Visit the Start menu and open the Command Prompt.
  • After that, right-click and run the Command Prompt as Administrator.
  • Write “CHKDSK C:/R” in the Run window and Press Y. Hit enter key to continue.
  • Restart the Computer.
  • When the computer boots again, the CHKDSK utility will start running. This might take some time depending upon the Hard drive memory space.

When the process completes, check if you get the error message.

Run SFC Scan in Safe Mode

  • Open Run window by pressing Windows key and R together.
  • Next, you have to type msconfig command in the Run window and press Enter.
  • Mark the “Safe boot” in the boot and click on OK.
  • In the next step, System configuration will ask you to restart. Click on the Restart option.
  • Run sfc/scannow and check if it works.

Alter the Security Descriptors on the WInsxs Folder

The SFC scan might fail if the SFC utility is not able to access the windows folder due to some problem. Open the Start menu and run the Command Prompt as Administrator. Type “ICACLS C:\Windows\winsxs”. Close the Command Prompt, after the command has been executed. Restart the computer and try to run SFC scan and check if the Windows resource protection could not perform problem is solved.

Perform Repair on Windows

Windows comes up with an option that users can use to fix any type of critical system issue. A repair installation can fix many problems including issues in the SFC scan. You can perform this function without losing any data stored on the computer. You can “repair install Windows” in the following ways.

  1. Install Windows repair using the ISO file.
  2. Install using an Installation media.

Perform Clean Install Windows from Scratch

In case, “repair install Window” cannot fix the problem of SFC scan failure, you can also try “clean install Windows” to resolve the issue. Clean installing means cleaning the present installation. In addition to this, the installed application and the stored data are also wiped off. Next, you have to install a fresh Operating System. Since this process might delete the data so it is advised to make a back up of your data and retrieve it.

Run %Processor_Architecture

  • Press Windows Key + X and open Command Prompt as Admin.
  • Next, type the command: “%processor_architecture%”.

Check the system architecture as well as x86 properly and then try to run the SFC command on 64-bit Operating System.

Scan your System with Antivirus

However, the Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation error can also occur if the system is infected by a virus. Perform a full system scan and remove all the system generated threats that are detected.

These were some effective methods to fix the problem. We hope that you will be able to fix the problem easily.

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