Learn how to fix "The extended attributes are inconsistent" error while installing software/opening built-in programs in Windows 10/8.1/8/7, in this post.

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 following conditions:

  • While installing new software
  • You perform any other operation that require user privileges

Here is the screenshot of this annoying error:

FIX The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10

After seeing this message for the very first time, definitely you’ll reboot with a hope that it will get solved automatically, but it will NOT! If you try to run System File Checker, you simply can’t because Command Prompt won’t open. Now if you’re thinking that reinstalling Windows will fix it, wait a minute. Try below mentioned fixes, and I’m sure you won’t need to reinstall then.

FIX : The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10/8.1/8/7


1. Press Windows Key + R and put netplwiz in Run dialog box. Click OK or hit Enter key.


2. In the User Accounts window so appeared, select your user account and click Properties.

FIX The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10

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

FIX The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10

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

After restart, you’ll find that the problem is resolved now. If not, go ahead with FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Via Windows Default Sound Scheme

This might sound quite strange but from past experiences, users have found that if your sound scheme is not set to default, this issue may occur. Also if you’re using any third-party tool related to sound, uninstall it and make sure you’ve set Windows sound scheme to default one:

1. Right click on sound icon in taskbar notification area and select Sounds.

FIX The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10

2. Next, hit the drop-down against Sound Scheme and select Windows Default. Click Apply followed by OK.

FIX The Extended Attributes Are Inconsistent Error In Windows 10

If you like, you may reboot and after that, the error should no longer appear.

Hope this helps!


  • Sadly none of the before mentioned solutions work for me. Trying to open netplwiz.exe throws the same error. And changing the sound scheme to Windows Default also does nothing for the error. Any other ideas? Cuz I’m all out.

  • thumbs up! thanks, fix 1 solved my issue.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help 😊

  • I tried the steps, still no luck. Now the error comes even after attempting to run netplwiz from the command prompt.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ See if you can perform System Restore here: https://www.kapilarya.com/configure-and-use-system-restore-in-windows-10

  • Thanks a lot!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😎

  • Bizarre, but it worked. My audio was already set to Windows Default. I set it to “no sound” then back to default. Rebooted. All better!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad the issue is sorted now 😊

  • Neither fix one or two worked. System restore doesnt either.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try in-place upgrade: https://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-repair-windows-10-using-in-place-upgrade

  • Well, the solutions above didn’t quite solve my issue, but lead me down the right path and hopefully, a little information will help someone else eventually too…

    My situation was the same sort of error messages, but this is actually a virtual machine running within VirtualBox (v5.1.30) with a host OS of Linux Mint 18 and on a laptop that just has an integrated graphics chip. All of that just to qualify that this helped my situation, but might point someone else in the right direction. The immediate fix was to uncheck/disable the 3D graphics access from the virtual machine within the VirtualBox configuration. This was under “Settings –> Display –> Screen –> Enable 3D Acceleration” and it may indicate for others there could be a problem with graphics drivers/anticipation of a more full-featured 3D capable graphics card, or something to that effect. For me, I’m just turning it off and ignoring it because this is just for a little bit of development testing, not regular usage. Good luck out there.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for sharing this Brian 😊

  • Hi all,

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me either.

    Right after running netplwiz, I get the same error window, “The attributes are inconsistent.” :/

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