FIX: The extended attributes are inconsistent by Bas Wijdenes

Microsoft Management Console, the basics.

In the screenshot below you see that I get the error message in WSUS. This message occurs with applications that occur in an MMC Snap-in.
For those who want to know what WSUS is, click here.

I tried to open the WSUS snap-in and got the following error message:

“The extended attributes are inconsistent.”

The extended attributes are inconsistent.
The extended attributes are inconsistent.

In the tutorial below, I explain how I solved the problem.


Let’s fix “The extended attributes are inconsistent.

The tutorial consists of two parts. The first is a short tutorial without screenshots for the techies among us.
In the second tutorial I explain the same steps, but with screenshots for the dummies among us.


The short version for the system administrators among us.

Go to Start and search for the Control Panel.
Open Control Panel.
Search for User Accounts and click on Change User Account Control settings.
Drag the settings to Never Notify.

This ensures that the UAC settings are reset.

Click on OK and check if you can open the application again.
Also check that after you reset the setting to defaults again, that you can open the application again.
It is wise to keep the recommended UAC settings.


The longer version for “The extended attributes are inconsistent.” for the dummies among us.

Go to Start and search for the Control Panel.
Open the application.

The extended attributes are inconsistent.
The extended attributes are inconsistent.

Search for User Accounts and click on Change User Account Control settings.

The extended attributes are inconsistent.
The extended attributes are inconsistent.

Drag the settings to Never Notify.
This ensures that the UAC settings are reset.

The extended attributes are inconsistent.
The extended attributes are inconsistent.

Click on OK and check if you can open the application again.
Also check that after you reset the setting to defaults again, that you can open the application again.
It is wise to keep the recommended UAC settings.

The extended attributes are inconsistent.
The extended attributes are inconsistent.

Recap

For more about the UAC Settings please follow this link.

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Bas

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work full-time as a Services Engineer. In my spare time I write about the error messages that I encounter during my work. Furthermore, I am currently occupied with Azure, Office 365, and PowerShell for automating daily tasks.

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