Windows is a compatible Operating System developed by Microsoft. Although there are a bunch of features and applications available with these system softwares even then, you can get a number of glitches. One such kind of error that you can get is the Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation. In the next section, you will get the definition of System File Checker.

 

About System File Checker

A System File Checker or SFC is a built-in tool that is made for all the versions of the Windows OS. SFC tool scans for all the system files within the Windows for any damage and corruption. Then after the scanning is complete, this tool corrects any issue with the system files which are replaced by completely fresh system files. Now, in the next section, you will get the reasons for this glitch.

 

Reasons For The Occurrence Of This Error

This section provides the reasons on why does this Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation error occurs after all.

  1. You can get this issue if SFC scan itself fails to fix any damaged or corrupted system files.
  2. If the SFC utility tool access some folders that have system files in it, even then you can get this error as well.

In the next section, you get the solutions that will solve this issue.

 

Steps To Solve This Problem

In this section of the article, you will get various points that will help you to resolve the Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation issue.

 

Execute Check Disk or CHKDSK Tool

A Check Disk tool is a built-in utility for Windows. This tool scans the partitions of hard disk and tests the integrity of files and corrects problems of the logical file system. Even CHKDSK utility can resolve any issue that can cause the SFC to fail during scanning. In order to execute the check disk tool, follow the simple steps below.

  1. Tap on the ‘Start’ menu. In the search area type in Command Prompt. Then from the search result, choose the first option ‘Command Prompt’ and open it.
  2. Within the ‘Command Prompt’ window, type in the following command ‘chkdsk c: /r’ and hit the ‘Enter’ key to run it.
  3. When the command gets executed, then you will only get a message as an output which tells you that the CHKDSK tool will execute during the upcoming boot process. Now, tap on  ‘Y’ key to confirm this process.
  4. After that quit the Command Prompt window. Next, reboot your system.
  5. When the computer shuts down and starts to boot, at that moment the CHKDSK tool will start to execute. This tool will take significant time before you will able to see the desktop of your system.
  6. At last, when the computer finally boots, then try to do the SFC scan and see if the given error appears or not.

 

SFC Execution In Safe Mode

  1. First, hit the combination of ‘Windows + R’ keys simultaneously to launch the ‘Run’ dialog box.
  2. In the ‘Run’ dialog box, type ‘msconfig’ in the text area that has a label ‘Open’. After that, to execute that command hit the ‘Enter’ key or press ‘OK’ button.
  3. This will open the ‘System Configuration’ window. In that window, go to the tab ‘Boot’.
  4. Under that tab, go to the section ‘Boot options’ and then put a tick mark on the ‘Safe boot’ option. Then, hit the ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’ buttons.
  5. Next, tap on the ‘Restart’ button on the dialog box that comes up. After that, when the computer will restart, then it will boot into the safe mode.
  6. Now, execute the command ‘sfc /scannow’ and check if it works or not.

 

On The ‘winsxs’ Folder Alter Any Descriptors Of Security

If the SFC tool during the scanning process cannot access the ‘winsxs’ folder then there is some issue with the security descriptors of the folder. To correct Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation problem, follow the steps below.

  1. First, hit the ‘Windows + R’ keys simultaneously to open the ‘Run’ dialog box.
  2. In that dialog box, next to the label ‘Open’ type cmd on the text area and hit ‘Enter’ to start ‘Command Prompt’ window.
  3. Within ‘Command Prompt’ window, type the following command that says –

‘icacls c: \windows \winsxs’ and press ‘Enter’ key to run.

  1. When the execution is complete, just quit the Command Prompt window.
  2. Now, reboot your machine and after the computer boots up execute the SFC tool and inspect if the problem is over or not. 

 

Ending Note

To solve Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation error you will have to follow all the points in the section above this. But, even after following the steps given above, if you are unable to solve this error then post your query and we will keep you updated as always!

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