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Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation: 5 Fixes

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Windows is a rather stable OS but faces problems from time to time. Now there are countermeasures — tools and utilities that you can use to troubleshoot and solve problems, but sometimes these tools themselves can be problematic.

In this article, we’re talking about the SFC tool; specifically, the Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation error.

What causes this error?

The error can be triggered by a number of reasons starting anywhere from corrupted system files to malware on your PC blocking recovery tools. It could also be a Windows server error. Lastly, it could just be the SFC tool malfunctioning due to missing files or some other program conflicting with its functioning. 

Also read: How to fix Kernel Security Check Failure in Windows 10?

How to solve the problem?

Here are a few solutions you can try to fix the Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation issue.

Restart your PC

The first thing you should do in such situations is to try and restart your PC. Restarting your PC can fix a bunch of seemingly random issues that occur without any explanation whatsoever. 

Run the Check Disk utility

The error can very well be a sign of your boot drive failing to perform as it should. Try running the check disk utility to check whether or not your storage drives are, in fact, functional. 

You can refer to our detailed guide here on how to run the check disk utility.

Run an SFC scan in Safe Mode

Running an SFC scan can find and fix any corrupt or damaged files that may have been created during installation. 

Step 1: Boot your computer using the Windows installation media. Click Repair your computer.

Step 2: On the blue screen recovery window, click on Troubleshoot.

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Step 3: Select Advanced options.

Step 4: Then select Command Prompt.

Step 5; Type the following command in the Command Prompt pressing enter after each.

sfc /scannow

Restart your PC once the SFC command has run, and it should boot just fine. 

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Perform a clean boot

To isolate the problem, perform a clean boot and then start the missing processes one at a time to find your culprit. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for System Configuration. 

Step 2: Head over to the Services tab. 

Step 3: Uncheck the Hide all Microsoft Services checkbox. Now click the Disable All button. 

Step 4: Now head over to the Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.

Step 5: Click the Startup tab again, select all the services and click the Disable button. 

Now try running the SFC scan again.  The Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation issue should be fixed.

Repair your system

If nothing else works, the best way to get rid of the error is by simply reinstalling or repairing your OS. 

The Windows Media Creation tool is a great way to install Windows and repair the OS. Using this, you can perform a clean installation or repair your OS without affecting your data.

You can download the Media Creation Tool here

Also read: How to fix System Service Exception in Windows 10?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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