The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation

Some Windows 10 users have been reporting encountering an error while accessing File Explorer or launching any UWP Applications. This error is caused due to the absolute malfunction in pointing towards the executable files. The error states – The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

This error is encountered mostly with the Microsoft Store application, File Explorer and other UWP Application. This means that this error comes up during both Windows Classic Application and Universal Windows Platform Applications. Today, we will be checking out how to fix this error on Windows operating system.

The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation

The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation

The following potential fixes may be carried out to fix this EXPLORER.exe error-

  1. Use System File Checker and DISM.
  2. Use the built-in troubleshooter.
  3. Reset or Reinstall Windows 10 or the application that is not working.

If you tend to create a System Restore point usually, you can try to undo any modifications on your computer, by performing System Restore.

1] Use System File Checker and DISM

Run CMD as Administrator and then execute the following command to run System File Checker:

sfc /scannow

Restart your system after the scan is completed.

You can also use our freeware FixWin to Run the System File Checker utility with a click.

Now, to fix Windows Image files using DISM,  open Command Prompt (Admin) and enter the following three commands sequentially and one by one and hit Enter:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Let these DISM commands run and once done, restart your computer and try again.

2] Use the built-in Troubleshooters

Start by hitting the WINKEY + I button combinations on your keyboard to launch the Settings App on Windows 10.

Now navigate to the following location inside the application – Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

On the right side panel, you will find a number of Troubleshooters. From the list, you need to run the following troubleshooters one by one-

  • Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.
  • Windows Store Apps.

Follow the on-screen instructions for each and check if that fixes your issues.

3] Reset Windows 10 or the app that is not working

You can reset or reinstall the UWP Applications that are encountering this error.

If your Settings app is not working, we have a guide that will help you in resetting Windows 10 without using the Settings Application on Windows 10.

If that does not help, Rest Windows 10 as follows. Open Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.

reset windows 10

On the right side panel, under the section of Reset this PC, select Get started.

Follow the onscreen instructions and reset your copy of Windows 10.

Hope something helps!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.