The extended attributes are inconsistent [Fix]

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ERROR_EA_LIST_INCONSISTENT is a system error and it can appear on any version of Windows. The error is usually followed by The extended attributes are inconsistent message, and today we’re going to show you how to fix it on Windows 10.

How to fix ERROR_EA_LIST_INCONSISTENT error?

Fix – ERROR_EA_LIST_INCONSISTENT

Solution 1 – Change your sound settings

According to users, The extended attributes are inconsistent message can be caused by certain sounds on your PC. To fix the problem, you need to change your sound settings by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Control Panel.
  2. Once Control Panel opens, go to Sound.
  3. Navigate to Sounds tab and select Windows User Account Control from the list. Choose (None) from the Sounds menu and click Apply and OK to save changes.

After saving changes, check if the problem still appears. We know that this is an unusual solution, but many users claim that it works, so be sure to try it out.

Solution 2 – Perform a Clean boot

Third party applications and services can sometimes interfere with Windows and cause this problem to appear. In many cases these services and applications can start automatically with Windows and cause this problem to occur. To fix the problem, you need to perform Clean boot. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter msconfig. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. System Configuration window will appear. Go to Services tab, check Hide all Microsoft services and click on Disable all.
  3. Go to Startup tab and click on Open Task Manager.
  4. Once Task Manager opens you’ll see a list of all startup applications. Right click each application on the list and choose Disable from the menu. After disabling all applications, close Task Manager.
  5. Go back to the System Configuration window and click on Apply and OK.
  6. After doing that, restart your PC or log off and log back in to your account.

If the issue doesn’t appear anymore, it means that a third-party application is causing this problem. To find the problematic application you need to repeat the same steps again and turn on all services and applications one by one or in groups. Keep in mind that you need to restart your PC or relog to your account to apply changes. After you find the problematic application, you need to remove it or update it to the latest version.

Solution 3 – Change User Account Control settings

In some cases this error can be caused by User Account Control settings. According to users, you can fix the problem simply by changing few settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter user accounts. Select User Accounts from the menu.
  2. When User Accounts window opens, click on Change User Account Control settings.
  3. Once the window opens, move the slider to the default value or set it to Never Notify. Click OK to save changes.
  4. After doing that, restart the computer and check if the problem is resolved.

Few users also recommend to perform these steps from Safe Mode. To enter Safe Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and click on Power button. Now press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart from the menu.
  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click on Restart button.
  3. Once your PC restarts, a list of options will appear. Select any version of Safe Mode by pressing the appropriate key.
  4. Once the Safe Mode starts, repeat the steps from above and change User Account Control settings.

After changing these settings, the problem should be resolved completely.

Solution 4 – Disable sounds and reinstall your sound drivers

Sometimes sounds and audio drivers can cause this problem to appear. To fix the issue, you need to disable all sounds and reinstall your audio driver. To do that, follow these simple steps:

  1. Follow steps 1-2 from Solution 1.
  2. Navigate to Sounds tab and set Sound Scheme to No Sounds. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
  3. After disabling all sounds, you should be able to install applications. However, to fix the problem you need to reinstall your audio driver. To do that, press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager.
  4. Locate your audio driver, right click and choose Uninstall from the menu.
  5. Confirmation message will appear. Click OK to remove the driver.
  6. After doing that, restart your PC and the driver will be automatically installed.
  7. Now you can restore your default sound scheme and the problem should be permanently resolved.

It seems that a corrupt driver can cause this problem to appear, but after reinstalling the audio driver everything should be back to normal. Few users also suggest to switch your audio scheme to Default to fix this problem. If you have custom sound schemes installed, be sure to try this before uninstalling the driver.

Solution 5 – Check your accounts

According to users, this problem occurs because one user account is assigned to two groups. This can be a problem, but you can fix it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter netplwiz.
  2. User Accounts window will appear. Check Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option. Select your account and click on Properties.
  3. Once the Properties window opens, go to Group Membership tab, select Other and choose Administrators or Users.
  4. Repeat the previous steps for all available user accounts.

To apply the changes, you need to log off of every signed in account and log back in. Few users claim that the issue only affects standard non-administrator accounts, so if you have this problem you’ll need to upgrade standard account to administrator account to fix it.

Solution 6 – Create a new user account

Sometimes this problem can occur if your user account is corrupted. To fix the problem, you can try to create a new user account. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, navigate to Accounts section. Go to Family & other people and click on Add someone else to this PC button.
  3. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
  4. Now click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  5. Enter the desired user name and click Next.

After creating a new user account check if the problem still appears. If not, you can switch to the newly created account and use it as your main one.

Solution 7 – Install Windows updates

Windows 10 is a solid operating system, but it has a couple of bugs. Sometimes this error can occur due to certain bugs, and the easiest way to fix it is to install the latest updates. By default, Windows 10 automatically installs these updates, but sometimes certain updates can get skipped. To fix this issue, you’ll need to check for updates manually. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Update & security section and click on Check for updates button.

Windows will now check for available updates and download them in the background. After installing the latest updates, check if the problem still appears. Several users reported that this solution worked for them, so be sure to try it out.

Solution 8 – Temporarily uninstall your antivirus software

If you want to protect your PC from malware, it’s important to have an antivirus installed. However, some antivirus tools can cause issues with Windows and lead to The extended attributes are inconsistent error message. To fix the problem, you can temporarily disable your third-party antivirus software and check if that helps. Even if you disable your antivirus, your PC won’t be vulnerable because Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender that protects it from online threats.

If disabling the antivirus doesn’t solve the issue, you might have to uninstall it. It’s worth mentioning that antivirus tools tend to make changes to your registry and leave files even after you uninstall them. Those files can also cause problems, so it’s recommended to use a dedicated removal tool to remove your antivirus. Most major antivirus companies offer these tools for their software, so be sure to download one for your antivirus.

If removing your antivirus fixes the problem, you might want to try updating it to the latest version or switch to a completely different antivirus tool. Users reported that Avast was causing this problem on their PC, but after removing it the issue was resolved completely.

Solution 9 – Perform an SFC scan

In some cases this error can occur if your system files are corrupted. If that’s the case, you might be able to repair them by performing an SFC scan. To do that on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter sfc /scannow and press Enter.
  3. SFC scan will now start. This process can take a while, so be sure not to interrupt it.

After the scan is finished, check if the problem appears again.

Solution 10 – Run DISM scan

If you can’t run SFC scan or if it was unable to fix the problem, you might want to try using DISM scan. To do that, open Command Prompt as administrator and enter Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.

The repair process will now start. This process can take a while so be sure not to interrupt it.

Solution 10 – Change your power settings

Sometimes your power settings can cause this error to appear, but you can fix it simply by changing few options. To do that, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter power options. Select Power Options from the menu.
  2. Click Change plan settings for the currently selected plan.
  3. Now select Change advanced power settings.
  4. Navigate to Switchable Dynamic Graphics > Global Settings. Set On battery and Plugged in to Optimize performance. Click OK to save changes.

After making these changes, try to run the problematic application again. If you can’t find the options from Step 4, it means that this solution doesn’t apply to your PC.

Solution 11 – Change Group Policy Settings

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by changing your group policy settings. To do that, you need to make changes in Group Policy Editor by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. Group Policy Editor will now start. In the left pane navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
  3. Now you need to disable the following policies:
    • User Account Control: Use Admin Approval Mode for the built-in Administrator account
    • User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation
    • User Account Control: Only elevate executable files that are signed and validated
    • User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in
      secure locations
    • User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode
  4. To disable any of these policies, simply double click them to open their properties and choose Disabled. Click Apply and OK to save changes.
  5. After disabling all policies, close Group Policy Editor and check if the problem is resolved.

Solution 12 – Uninstall problematic applications

Sometimes third-party applications can cause certain errors, and one of those errors is The extended attributes are inconsistent. To fix the error, you need to find and remove the problematic application. Users reported that Crowdstrike app was causing the problem, so if you have this application on your PC, we urge you to remove it. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to System section.
  2. In the pane on the left navigate to Apps & features, select the problematic app from the list on the right and click on Uninstall.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to remove the app.

If you don’t want to use the Settings app, you can remove the application by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Programs and Features from the menu.
  2. When Programs and Features window opens, you’ll see a list of all available applications. Locate the problematic application on the list and double click it to remove it.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the application.

After finding and removing the problematic application, the problem should be completely fixed. Keep in mind that almost any application can cause this problem to occur, so if you installed or updated any applications recently, be sure to remove them.

Solution 13 – Perform a System Restore

If this error message started appearing recently, you might be able to fix it by using System Restore. This is a useful feature that allows you to restore your PC to the previous state and fix many problems. To restore your system, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Choose Create a restore point from the menu.
  2. Click on System Restore button.
  3. When System Restore window opens, choose Next.
  4. Check Show more restore points option in the bottom left corner. Select the desired restore point and click on Next.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

After your PC is restored, the error should be resolved and everything will work normally.

Solution 14 – Reset Windows 10

If the problem still persists, you might have to reset Windows 10. This process will delete all files from your system drive, so use it as a last resort. Before you start, we highly recommend to create a backup in order to preserve your important files. Lastly, this process might require Windows 10 installation media, and you can create one using Media Creation Tool. After creating a backup and installation media, you can reset your operating system by doing the following:

  1. Open the Start Menu, click the Power button, press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart.
  2. List of options will appear. Choose Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything.
  3. If asked to insert installation media, be sure to do that.
  4. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
  5. Now you’ll see a quick list of changes the reset will perform. To start the reset process, click the Reset button.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

After the process is done, you’ll have a clean installation of Windows 10. You’ll have to move your personal files from the backup and install all applications again. However, the problem with this error should be resolved. This is a drastic solution because it will remove all your files, so use it as a last solution.

Fix – “The extended attributes are inconsistent” Realtek

Solution 1 – Roll back the driver

These types of problems can sometimes occur due to audio drivers, and if you’re having this problem, you might want to roll back your drivers. Usually it’s better to use the latest drivers, but sometimes even the latest version can have compatibility issues and bugs. If that’s the case, rolling back to the older version can usually fix the problem. To do that on Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Locate your audio driver on the list and double click it to open its properties.
  3. Go to Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver button.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.

If Roll back option isn’t available, you might have to uninstall the driver, download the older version from the manufacturer and install it instead.

Solution 2 – Reinstall your video card

Your video and audio can be closely related and sometimes your graphics card can cause this problem to appear. According to users, they managed to fix the problem simply by reinstalling their graphics card. This is a relatively advanced solution, so be extra cautious while performing it. This solution requires you to open your computer case, so if your PC is under warranty, you might want to skip this solution. To fix the problem, you need to do the following:

  1. Open your PC case and remove your graphics card. Keep in mind that this solution works only if you have both dedicated and integrated graphics card.
  2. After removing your graphics card, connect your monitor to the integrated graphics.
  3. Start your PC and wait for the necessary drivers to install.
  4. Optional: Check for Windows updates and install them.
  5. Turn off your PC, install your graphics card, connect the monitor to it and start your computer.

After your PC starts, all Realtek audio drivers will be installed and sound should work properly.

Solution 3 – Download drivers from a different source

Windows 10 usually automatically installs the necessary drivers, but sometimes issues can occur. These drivers usually aren’t the latest, and that can cause this and many other errors to occur. To fix the problem you need to download drivers from a different source.

The best choice would be to download audio drivers from your motherboard manufacturer’s website. However, few users reported that drivers from the manufacturer usually can’t fix this problem. On the other hand, users reported success while downloading drivers using MSI Live update tool, so be sure to try it out.

Keep in mind that downloading drivers from third-party sources can be dangerous, therefore we advise you to always use an official website or driver download tool from your motherboard manufacturer.

Fix – “The extended attributes are inconsistent” driver install

Solution 1 – Install older drivers

According to users, this problem usually occurs while trying to install Nvidia drivers. To fix the problem, you can try uninstalling your current drivers and installing the older version. We already showed you how to do that in one of our previous solutions, so be sure to check it out. In addition, you can try using Display Driver Uninstaller. This is a free application that will completely remove your video card drivers from your PC.

After removing the driver, go to your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the older driver version. Several users reported that they fixed the problem by using older version of Nvidia drivers, so be sure to try that.

Solution 2 – Check your printer settings

Few users reported this error while trying to install printer drivers on their PC. The problem isn’t the printer driver, it’s your printer settings. To change printer settings, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter printers. Choose Devices and Printers from the menu.
  2. Once Devices and Printers window opens, locate your printer, right click it and choose Printer properties.
  3. Go to Ports tab and check USB001 option. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

After making the changes, the problem should be fixed completely. According to users, sometimes a different port might be checked, and that can cause this problem to occur with your printer. To fix the problem, select the USB port like we showed you above, and the issue will be fixed.

ERROR_EA_LIST_INCONSISTENT and The extended attributes are inconsistent errors can prevent you from running certain applications on your PC, but you should be able to fix them by using one of our solutions.

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