The extended attributes are inconsistent error: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 [Solved]

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Inconsistent Error Frequently in Your Windows 7/8/8.1/10

If you’re getting the “Extended attributes are inconsistent” error frequently in your Windows 7/8/8.1/10, then this post is for you. This error might appear under the following conditions:

  • While installing new software
  • Opening programs such as Command Prompt, Registry Editor, etc.
  • Performing any other operation that requires user privileges
Screenshot of this annoying error

There are many solutions on Google Search. After having spent many hours solving this problem, I suggest that you proceed as follows:


Press Windows Key + R and enter netplwiz in the Run dialog box. Click OK or hit Enter.

In the User Accounts window that appears, select your user account and click Properties.

Next, in the property sheet, switch to the Group Membership tab. Select Other and in the drop-down next to it, choose your account type such as Administrator, Users, etc.

Follow this process for each user account present on your system and make sure each account belongs to a particular group. Click Apply, OK, and close the User Accounts window, then reboot.

2. Disabling the UAC using Group Policies

  1. Press Win+R
  2. Enter mmc.exe and click OK
  3. Navigate to File -> Open -> C:\Windows\System32\gpedit.msc
  4. Follow the path: Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options
  1. User Account Control: Use Admin Approval Mode for the built-in Administrator account: disabled
  2. User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation: disabled
  3. User Account Control: Only elevate executable files that are signed and validated: disabled
  4. User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations: disabled
  5. User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode: disabled

For more information, visit the Microsoft Answers forum.

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