Have you ever tried to run System File Checker (SFC) only to receive the error message “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation”?
Well, it is one hell of a frustrating error message that shows up whenever you try to scan your computer system for corrupted files and other inconsistencies that are potentially responsible for system crashes.
What is SFC Scan?
It is a great, built-in maintenance utility that helps you clean your system from corrupted files and potential malware. This tool comes with all the recent versions of Windows OS for free.
You are always recommended to use the SFC tool whenever Windows freezes, crashes, and all the vital Windows functionalities get disrupted. After finding out the culprits and all the corrupted files, SFC immediately solves them on its own.
Unluckily, if the SFC scan stops working and starts showing the error message “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” none of your issues can be resolved in peace.
You must know that panicking and stressing over the issue is not the solution. Instead, look for all the effective solutions to fix this issue. In this post, we have narrowed down 100% working and doable troubleshooting solutions.
Now, what do we do? Let’s head to the fixes. But before that, you must know the potential causes of the SFC scan error message “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation”.
What Are the Causes of “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform The Requested Operation” SFC Error?
Microsoft tech-savvies are still unable to pinpoint specific causes. So, the causes for the SFC scan error “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” can be known and unknown too.
However, we have gathered some possible issues that make the SFC scan error message pop on your command’s screen
Here they are. Pay heed to them as they might help you in finding the actual cause and thus resolving the issue.
1. Inconsistencies such as Windows server error.
2. Something is disrupting the SFC tool functionality so the scanning is incomplete in the middle.
3. The Scannow command is not functioning at all.
4. Partition Disk failure.
5. Corrupted or missing Windows files.
6. SFC Scannow is unable to locate the winsxs folders.
7. Improper system architecture
These are the 7 most common causes for the error message of “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” to occur. Although countering this issue isn’t too hard.
Top 8 Ways to Fix “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform The Requested Operation” SFC Scannow Error
Are you frustrated by how SFC keeps displaying the same error when you run it over and over again? There’s nothing to worry about!
Please refer to the solutions provided below and you’ll be all set.
Solution 1: Run Your Hard Drive through CHKDSK Scan
Always go with the easy and initial solutions. For example, inspect your hard drive first before trying any other solution. Doing so might just alone solve your issue.
Why? Because if your system’s hard drive is corrupted or has corrupted and damaged files, then SFC Scannow will show the error.
Here is how you perform a CHKDSK scan on the hard drive of your Windows 10 specifically. The steps can differ a bit in other versions.
1. Go to your computer’s search bar.
2. Type “CMD” to open Command Prompt and hit Enter key.
3. Right-click on the Command Prompt option.
4. Select run as administrator.
5. The Command Prompt window will open up.
6. Type chkdsk c:/r [enter] command there.
7. Now hit the Y key to run the CHKDSK scan on restart.
8. Restart your PC now so the scan completes.
Go and check the SFC scan to see if it is running smoothly now.
It isn’t able to work yet. Don’t worry, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 2: Run SFC Scannow Using Safe Mode
There are chances that the hard drive is already doing well and the issue can be deeper than that.
This is why you must go above and beyond. If the CHKDSK scan was not sufficient enough to solve the issue. Then try scanning your system using SFC scan in Safe Mode to get rid of the
“Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” error message.
Follow these instructions to run SFC Safe Mode:
1. Go to your PC’s search bar.
2. Type MSConfig.
3. Hit Enter key.
4. System Configuration Window will open up on your screen.
5. Locate the boot tab which is right beside the general tab. Click on the boot tab.
6. Look right beneath the boot options, you will see the safe boot. Tick the box beside it right away.
7. Make sure you click on the minimal option beneath the safe boot.
8. Now press the OK and Apply buttons to save changes.
9. Restart your PC.
Now that you have entered Safe Mode, run the SFC Scannow tool again using Command Prompt. Check if it is working or not in Safe Mode. It should work by now. Or if the error is stubborn enough to keep popping up, then simply go for the next solution.
Solution 3: Turn On the Windows Module Installer Service
You must know that Windows services play a huge role in keeping all the functionalities intact. Even if one of their services is disabled, dysfunctional errors like “Windows resource protection cannot perform the requested operation” can show up out of nowhere.
This is exactly why you need to enable the Windows Module Installer service if it has been disabled due to any reason. The Windows Module Installer will successfully catch system bugs that are causing harm to SFC and might solve the problem once and for all.
Here is what you need to do to enable the Windows Module Installer.
1. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing the Windows and R keys together.
2. Go to the Run dialogue box and type “services.msc” there.
3. Hit the OK button.
4. A list with various options will appear.
5. Locate the Windows Module Installer option from there.
6. Right-click on the Windows Module Installer option.
7. Choose to start it.
Now that this crucial functionality has been turned on, try scanning your windows through SFC scan and see if it works smoothly.
Solution 4: Make Modifications in the Security Descriptors of Winsxs Folder
If the SFC tool fails to get into the Winsxs folder, then it won’t work to fix your corrupted or crashed Windows.
Most of the important updates and files are located in the Winsxs folder which is why it should be accessed by maintenance tools such as SFC. And if that doesn’t happen, then you might meet the error message of “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operations”.
Don’t worry, this problem is all under your control. All you need to do is manually make modifications in the security descriptors of the Winsxs folder. This shall solve your issue.
Here is how you modify the security descriptors:
1. Go to your search bar.
2. Type Command Prompt and hit Enter key.
3. Open Command Prompt window using run as administrator option.
4. Just when the command prompt window opens up, type “ICACLS C:\Windows\winsxs” [enter] command and press Enter again.
5. Restart your PC so the modification takes effect.
6. Run your system via SFC scannow and check if the error is showing up this time or not.
Move to the next solution if the error is still there. (Don’t lose hope!)
Solution 5: Download the Windows Update Troubleshooter
You never know, Windows Update Troubleshooter might just do the job for you. It is popular for fixing many Windows issues. Let’s just give a shot at this solution.
Here is how you run the Windows Update Troubleshooter tool.
1. Navigate to your web browser.
2. Open the Fix Windows Update errors tab by clicking on the link https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10164/fix-windows-update-errors
3. Scroll down to locate the section shown in the screenshot.
4. Select the version of Windows you are using.
5. Start downloading Windows Update Troubleshooter by selecting the clickable link.
6. Double-click on the downloaded file now to allow it to run.
7. Keep following the easy on-screen instructions until the process is done.
8. Restart your PC and use the SFC scannow again to check if the error persists. It must be gone by now.
Solution 6: Perform Recovery Commands
The above solutions should have already worked. But if you are still stuck with the error message “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation”, then it is time you try something big.
You may run the recovery commands using SFC in the command prompt if the Windows current boot version is up-to-date. Booting into recovery mode and running the SFC scan utility might do the job for you.
Here is how you do it.
1. Restart your PC if it is already turned on using the Power button.
2. Just when your computer is in its boot phase, immediately press the F11 key to get into the Recovery Mode.
3. Or you may also do it via a bootable USB device.
4. Select the Command Prompt from the given tools list. Now hit Run.
5. Command Prompt window will open up.
6. Input the command of “sfc/SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=c:\ /OFFWINDIR=c:\windows” and hit Enter.
7. Wait for the command to be executed and then you may exit the Recovery Mode.
8. Now boot into your Windows desktop normally.
9. Run SFC Scannow to check if it is running fine now.
Solution 7: Always Keep Your Device Driver Updated
Whenever your system crashes and freezes, updating the device driver should be your go-to solution. If you have come this far and still no solution has done its job, then it is time you simply update the device driver.
Follow these instructions:
1. Go to your computer’s search bar.
2. Type device manager and hit Enter key.
3. The Device Manager will be launched.
4. A list of devices will appear. Select the devices that you want to update.
5. Now click on the Search automatically for the updated driver software option.
6. Select Update Driver.
7. Try looking for all the new updates and make sure to update your device driver properly.
Run the SFC scannow and check whether the “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” has disappeared now or not.
Solution 8: Run Startup Repair or Automatic Repair
Even after having made it this far, just having the same issue persist can be frustrating. Relax, the solution which we are going to discuss can resolve the issue 100% once and for all.
Run Automatic Repair or Startup Repair to make the issue disappear forever.
Here are the steps to perform this solution. Refer carefully.
1. Insert the Windows 10 (or any version of Windows you are using) bootable installation to your PC.
2. Restart your computer.
3. You will be prompted to Press any key to boot from CD or DVD as shown in the screenshot below.
4. Press any key to continue.
5. Choose your preferred language for further process.
6. Now, look towards the bottom-left of your screen.
7. Click on the Repair your computer option as shown below.
8. Choose an option screen that will appear.
9. Select the Troubleshoot tab from there just like that.
10. Click on the Advanced Options on the same Troubleshoot screen like that.
11. Now look for the Automatic Repair or Startup Repair on the Advanced Options screen.
12. Wait for the changes to take effect and restart your PC.
Now that your computer is repaired on all levels, stay confident that the SFC Scannow will work without the appearance of Windows Resource Protection error.
Let’s Wrap It Up!
There is no way you can disregard SFC Scannow’s importance since it is vital to fix your Windows working issues. So, you should perform all the troubleshooting solutions from our list above.
We are sorry if you continue to experience the “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation” error even after trying all of the solutions listed above. Furthermore, we recommend that you perform a fresh install of Windows. We understand that this is very frustrating, but it could potentially solve the problem FOREVER by giving you a fresh start.
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