This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer

You may have seen a message This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer at times on your Windows computer under various situations. It could be when you go on to add a Printer, it could be when you click on hyperlinks in Outlook, Excel or Word, or when you try to run any program.

This operation has been canceled due to restrictions on this computer

Basically, if a system administrator has placed some restrictions on carrying out any operation, you will see this error box when you try to carry out that operations. If you are the admin on your PC, it could well be some security software that has placed this restriction.

This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computers

If you see this message here are a few things you could try. Now there is no single one-size-fits-all solution to this problem that anyone can offer you.

This post only gives you a direction to work. You need to see when the message appears and then check what applies to your system and which works for you.

1] If you receive message This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer or Your organization’s policies are preventing us from completing this action for you when you click a hyperlink in Microsoft Outlook, run this Microsoft Fix It. Please check if it applies to your versions. You may also reset Internet Explorer settings and see if that helps you.

2] Run gpedit.msc to open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following setting:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates

Here you will see Policy settings for Control Panel, Desktop, Network, Shared Folders, Start Menu, System and more. If you receive this message when you open any elements, you may have to check the settings here and find out if any of them have been Configured.

For instance, if you receive this message when you try to open the Command Prompt or Registry, you will have to disable the Prevent access to the command prompt and Prevent access to registry editing tools settings respectively.

You will, of course, have to be signed in as an administrator, and your Windows version must have shipped with GPEDIT.

3] If you made no changes or did not remember making any, what you will have to do is identify the Registry or Group Policy setting which affects you and change it.

4] Create a System Restore Point first and then reset Windows Security settings to default values and see if that works for you. If it does not, you should go back to the created restore point.

5] You may want to also take a look at this post – Some settings are managed by your organization.

Do share your specific instances and how you managed to resolve the issue for the benefit of others.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

One Comment

  1. Vladimir Mercado

    ALL OF MY apps is not working becaused of that
    pleased help me

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