In previous article, I mentioned Solve "Windows Resource Could Not Perform The Requested Operation" Error but in this article, I have mentioned how we can resolve issue "Operation Has Been Cancelled In Device Manager"
Many users have encountered an error message when they open the Device Manager that reads, "This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.
This error may not be a big deal if you are using an organization's computer, as you need to ask them to grant you access to the computer. However, if you face this problem on your personal computer, your Settings may have problems, and you can fix them with the tips in this guide.
Fixing Operation Has Been Cancelled In Device Manager
There are three fixes in this post, and you should try them out accordingly to see which will work for you.
Use The Group Policy Editor
The Group Policy Editor allows you to make essential changes to your Settings. If you encounter this error, follow these steps to clear it using the Group Policy Editor.
Step 1: Open Group Policy Editor
Open the Group Policy Editor with the Windows search option. Click the search button from the taskbar, and type Edit Group Policy in the text field. Next, double-click on the Edit Group Policy icon in the search result to open it.
You can also open the Editor with the Windows Run utility. Press the "Windows" and "R" keys to open the Run Dialog Box. Type "gpedit.msc" in the box, hit the Enter key, or click OK in the Run dialog box.
Step 2: User Configuration
Click on User Configuration on the left pane of the Group Policy Editor window.
Step 3: Administrative Templates
Double-click on the Administrative Templates folder from the options on the right pane of the Group Policy Editor window. Clicking on this folder once may only select it, but double-clicking will reveal its content.
Step 4: System
The Administrative Templates page will display a list of settings folders; click on the system folder.
Step 5: Don't run specified Windows applications
Next, double-click on Don't run specified Windows applications from the option in the right pane.
Step 6: Select Not Configured
The screen will pop up the Don't run specified Windows applications window. Select the Not configured option by clicking the radio button next to it. Next, click on Apply, then Ok.
Finally, restart your PC to effect these changes.
Change A Registry Editor Entry
Another way to fix the error is by changing the Registry Editor. The Registry Editor is a graphical tool that lets you view the Windows registry and make changes. Here are the steps to clear this error by changing a Registry Editor entry.
Step 1: Open Registry Editor
You can open the Registry Editor with the Run utility by pressing the "Windows" and "R" keys to open the Run Dialog box, typing "Regedit" in the text field, and pressing the Enter key.
Step 2: Navigate to Explorer Folder
Navigate to the Explorer folder in the Registry editor window with the address below.
You can paste the address into the address field. Next, click on the Explorer folder to open it.
Step 3: DisallowRun
The Explorer folder's content will be displayed in the window's right pane. Locate the DisalloRun item, right-click on it, and click on Delete. Select yes on the following confirmation page, and restart your PC to effect this change.
Reset Your PC
Resetting your PC is one option you may not like, but it comes as a last resort. This process will remove your settings and apps but indeed fix this problem. Follow these steps to reset your PC.
Step 1: Settings
Open the Start Menu and double-click on the Settings app under the pinned apps. Alternatively, you can press the "Windows" and "I" keys to open the Settings app.
Step 2: Systems
Click on the Systems tab in the left pane of the Settings window.
Step 3: Recovery
Click on the Recovery tile on the settings page right pane.
Step 4: Reset PC
Select the Reset PC button on the Reset this PC tab. Then, select a preferred option to reset your PC.
- The "Keep My Files" option will remove your settings and apps but not your files, or
- The "Remove Everything" option will remove your settings, apps, and files.
Hold on for the reset process to complete, and it should fix the error.
The operation has been canceled error in the device manager is not a problem anyone will want to encounter, but it may be inevitable since you don't get to choose what goes wrong with your PC. However, you can fix this problem with the solutions in this guide.
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