[FIX] Windows System File Checker Error: “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation”

[FIX] Windows System File Checker Error: “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation”

/ Shayne Sherman

The SFC is a built-in system file checker used to scan and fix corrupted system files. Although it comes directly from Windows, there are still some instances when it does not work as intended. If you use the SFC tool every once in a while, you may have already encountered the SFC scan error “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation.”

How do You Run the SFC?

If you’re not sure if you’re doing it right, here’s a short guide on properly running the SFC.

  1. Hold down the “windows” key and press “R” and type “cmd” in the run command line. Hold down both the “ctrl and shift” keys together and press enter. Click “OK” on the next window to grant administrator permissions.
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  1. In the command prompt window, type “sfc /scannow” and press enter. Wait for the SFC to complete the scan and restart the computer.
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The SFC Tool Error “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation” Fixes

In case you are one of the unfortunate users who are getting the “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation,” then you are in the right place. Now that we have got that out of the way, here’s our list of the top 5 methods that you can perform to fix the Windows SFC Error “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation.”

First Method – Launch the Windows System File Checker in Safe Mode

If you are getting the “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation” SFC error while you are in regular mode, try running it while your computer is in Safe Mode. Follow these steps to launch the SFC tool in Safe Mode.

First Method into Getting into Safe Mode

  1. Boot the Computer into Safe Mode by clicking on the “Windows” icon located on the bottom left corner of the desktop. Hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard and click “Power” and lastly click on “Restart”
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  1. Your computer will now boot into the Troubleshoot mode. Click the “Advanced Options”.
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  1. Click on the 6th option “Enable Safe Mode with Networking”
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Second Method into Getting into Safe Mode

  1. Hold down the Windows + R keys simultaneously and type in “msconfig” on the run command line.
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  1. In the System Configuration window, tick the box to put a check on “Safe boot” and click “OK”. Click “Restart” on the next window to restart the computer.
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Second Method – Modify the Windows Modules Installer Properties Configuration

The Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation SFC error caused by a disabled Windows Modules Installer. To enable the service, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Run command line by pressing the Windows and R keys at the same time and type in “services.msc” and press “enter” or click “OK”
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  1.  If the Windows Modules Installer has not been started, click on “Start” to launch it.
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  1. After starting the Windows Module Installer manually, right click on it select “Properties”. Under Startup Type, change it to “Automatic” and click “OK”
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Third Method – Run the Windows Check Disk Tool

You can use the Windows Check Disk tool to scan and repair your disk for any errors and fix the “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation” SFC error message. Please note that this process may take time to complete depending on how many files are on the disk.

  1. Press the “Windows” key on your keyboard and then press “R”. Next, type “cmd” in the run command line. Hold down both the “ctrl and shift” keys together and press enter. Click “OK” on the next window to grant administrator permissions.
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  1. Type the “chkdsk C: f/” command and hit Enter (C: with the letter of the hard drive you want to check).
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  1. Wait for the process to complete and restart your computer. Once you get your computer back, run the SFC again to check if the that solved the problem.

Fourth Method – Launch the Windows Startup Repair

The Windows Startup Repair is used to repair corrupt or missing system files that can prevent Windows from running correctly. This tool can also be used to fix the SFC scan error “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation.”

  1. On your keyboard, press the Shift key down and simultaneously press the Power button.
  2. You need to continue holding down the Shift key, while you wait for the machine to power on.
  3. Once the computer starts, you’ll find a screen with a few options. Click Troubleshoot.
  4. Next, click on Advanced options
  5. In the Advanced options menu, click Startup Repair.
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  1. Once the Startup Repair screen opens, choose an account. Be sure to use an account with Administrator access.
  2. After entering the password, click Continue. And wait for the process to complete.

Fifth Method – Modify the Security Descriptors Settings

The Security Descriptors stores Windows and system file updates. If the SFC cannot gain access to it, the SFC will fail to launch altogether, causing the Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation SFC Error.

  1. Open the command prompt with administrator access by clicking the Windows button on the task bar and click “run as administrator”
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  1. Type in “ICACLS C:\Windows\winsxs” in the Command Prompt window and press “Enter”
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  1. Once the command has been executed and completed, close the window restart your computer.

Final Words

The SFC Error “Windows Resource Protection Could Not Perform the Requested Operation” is only a minor issue; however, leaving this unattended may indicate problems with the system files. It is crucial to get it fixed immediately before more issues arise.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert at all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. He also enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie as well as entertaining at his home theater.