How to resolve “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”

If you see the message “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.” then there is a configuration active on your computer blocking access to an app(s) in Windows 11 or Windows 10.

This is either a local computer policy or a group policy. For example, suppose your computer is part of a company network and connected to a domain controller. In that case, this policy is possibly forced on your computer. You cannot change it yourself but should contact the network administrator.

Suppose your computer is not part of a corporate network and is not connected to a domain. In that case, you can modify the policy yourself and fix the issue.

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

What does the message “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer” mean exactly? First, the message means a policy setting active that blocks access to apps. This policy gets on your computer through software or through a forced group or local policy, for example, through login scripting and sometimes malware.

How to fix “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer” error

To remove the policy you need to use the Group Policy Editor. This Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) is available by default on all Windows professional versions in Windows 10 and 11, but not on Windows Home.

Right-click on the Start button. Click on Run from the menu. In the Run window type: gpedit.msc.

In the group policy editor, left click on “User Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “System”.

In the right pane, you will then see two policy settings.

  • Do not run specified Windows applications.
  • Run only specified Windows applications.

Remove policy on windows

Double-click each policy, one at a time. In the settings, change both policies to “not configured”. Click OK to exit.

Change policy to not configured

Now check if the message “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer” is fixed.

I hope to have helped you with this. Thank you for reading!

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