A few days ago, I tried to repair my Windows 10 system using the SFC / SCANNOW command in the Windows recovery environment. However, after issuing the “SFC /SCANNOW” command, I got the error “Windows Resource Protection could not complete the requested operation”.
In this guide, you will find instructions on how to bypass the error “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation” when running the “SFC / SCANNOW” command from Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). *
How to fix “Unable to perform the requested operation to protect Windows resources” SFC error in WinRE. *
*Note: If you encounter an error when running a command from the Windows GUI, restart Windows in safe mode and try again. If the problem persists, click SHIFT button and click Restart Follow the instructions below to enter WinRE mode and run the SFC command from there.
Method 1. Specify the boot and Windows directories in the SFC command.
Usually the error “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation” is because if you are running the WinRE command, the Offline Boot and Windows directories are not specified as they should be in the SFC command. So, follow these steps to bypass the error:
1. To find the drive letter of the OS partition, issue the following command at the command line:
2. Note the drive letter of the OS partition (eg “osdevice -> partition =D: “)
3. Now issue the following SFC command here X The drive letter you noticed.
4. SFC /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=X:\ /OFFWINDIR=X:\Windows
For example, in this example, the OS partition contains the letter “D”, so the command would be:
- SFC /SCANNOW /OFFBOOTDIR=D:\ /OFFWINDIR=D:\Windows
5. Normally now the sfc process terminates the process without the “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation” error.
Method 2. Clean Install Windows 10 and Check Hardware.
If the above method fails to resolve the discussed error, it indicates that the Windows system files are corrupted. In this case, I suggest backing up your files and doing a clean install of Windows 10 or RESET your PC. *
*Note: If you encounter the same error after a clean install of Windows 10, it indicates a hardware problem. In this case, check the memory (RAM) for problems or try to install Windows on a new drive.
That’s it! Which method worked for you?
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