The error “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation” occurs when a user commands the SFC (System File Checker) to look for any corrupted files when his or her Windows is not working properly. The command sfc/scannow is run by the user but the command prompt, instead of showing any results, gives the error “Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation”. Basically, the System File Checker does not work when or if this error is shown. In order to move on with your search for corrupted files, you need to get rid of this error and here are some methods to do just that:
Method 1: Try Running System File Checker in Safe Mode
Follow these steps to boot your PC in safe mode and then run SFC command.
- Open System Configuration by typing the command msconfig in Run dialogue box (you can open it by either selecting it from the Start Menu or pressing Windows and R keys together).
- When the System Configuration window opens, click on the Boot pane and from Boot options, tick Safe boot and press OK to finish.
- Select the Restart button if asked for confirmation to apply the changes.
- Windows will now boot in safe mode. Try running SFC command in safe mode and see if the error still occurs.
Method 2: Check for Problems with Hard Drive By Running Check Disk Command
Hard drive errors can sometimes be the cause of SFC command’s failure. Running CHKDSK command would be appropriate at such a time for it can detect and fix many file and drive errors.
- Search for Command Prompt in Start Menu by typing cmd in the search bar. Right click it when it appears in results and select Run as administrator from the dropdown menu.
- UAC (User Account Control) will ask you for confirmation, choose Yes.
- In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk/r where it is shown in the screenshot and hit Enter. Down below in Command Prompt, you will be asked if you want to run CHKDSK command when the computer restarts, type y to go.
- Exit the window and restart your computer for the CHKDSK command to run. Once it does, it will start looking for any potential error in your hard drive.
Once it is completed, run System File Checker again to see if the error has disappeared.
Either one of the two methods should work in getting rid of the error. We hope you found the solutions helpful.
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