How to Fix “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10

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In this guide, you will learn four solutions to fix this issue. The first solution is to re-register Windows media player components.

The second solution, on the other hand, involves running the SFC scan. Meanwhile, the third solution to fix this problem is to run the DISM scans.

Likewise, the fourth solution in this guide involves performing a clean boot. Besides, this guide also contains an FAQ section that answers some of the most asked questions concerning this issue.

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Fix “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10 by Re-registering Windows Media Player Components

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One way to fix this error is to re-register Windows media player components. To do that, follow the steps below.

 

  1. Click the search field on the Windows 10 taskbar and type “cmd”. Then, right-click the Command Prompt application from the search result and select Run as administrator.
  1. Following that, you will receive a User Account Control prompt asking if you want to allow the app to make changes to your device. Click Yes to continue.
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  1. On the Command Prompt window, input the command below and press Enter on your keyboard. Hence, a pop-up will appear – click the OK button to proceed.
regsvr32 jscript.dll
  1. After that, type the command below and press Enter on your keyboard. Thus, another pop-up will appear – click OK to continue.
regsvr32 vbscript.dll
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  1. Finally, close the Command Prompt window and restart your computer. Hopefully, the problem should be resolved.

However, if the error persists, check out the other solutions below.

Fix the “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10 by Running the SFC Scan

Sometimes, a corrupt system file can be the cause of the “server execution failed” error in Windows 10. If that’s the case, we have to run the SFC scan to fix the problem.

To perform this task, follow the steps and screenshots below.

  1. Click the Windows 10 search field on the taskbar and type “cmd”. Then, right-click the Command Prompt application from the search result and select Run as administrator.
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  1. After that, a User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you want to allow the app to make changes to your PC – click Yes to continue.
  1. Then, type the command below on the Command Prompt window and press Enter to begin the SFC scan.
sfc /scannow
Wait for the scan to complete by reaching 100%! However, while scanning, you can be doing other things on your computer.
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  1. When the SFC scan is completed, restart your Windows 10 PC, and the error should be fixed. However, if it isn’t, try out the next solution below.

Fix “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10 by Running the DISM Scans

Another way to fix this error is to run the DISM scans. To achieve that, follow the steps below.

  1. Click the search field on the Windows 10 taskbar and type “cmd”. Then, right-click the Command Prompt app from the search result and select Run as administrator.
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  1. After that, a User Account Control prompt will appear requesting if you want to allow the application to make changes to your computer. To continue, click Yes.
  1. Following that, input the command below on the Command Prompt window and press Enter on your keyboard.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
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  1. When the previous command above is done running, input the command below and press Enter on your keyboard.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  1. Finally, restart your computer after the command has run successfully, and the error should be fixed. Nevertheless, if you are still encountering the error for any reason, check out this guide’s final solution.

Fix the “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10 by Performing a Clean Boot

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In some cases, a third-party application might be the cause of this error. So, performing a clean boot can actually solve the problem.

Follow the steps below to perform a clean boot on your Windows 10 computer.

  1. Type “msconfig” in the Windows 10 search field and select System Configuration from the search result.
  1. On the System Configuration window, switch to the Services tab. Then, check the Hide all Microsoft services box and click Disable all.
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  1. After that, switch to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  1. Then, on the Startup tab in Task Manager, disable every enabled startup application by right-clicking the app and selecting Disable.
To confirm if an application is enabled, check Status – the application’s status should be Enabled.
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  1. Following that, close the Task Manager window.
  1. Then, click the OK button at the bottom of the System Configuration window to save the changes.
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  1. Finally, restart your Windows 10 computer. Hopefully, the error should be fixed.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fixing “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10

1. Is Windows Media Player Still Supported In Windows 10?

Absolutely, Windows Media Player is still supported in Windows 10. However, the app no longer supports movie DVDs, unlike the Windows Media Player in Windows 7.

2. What Is The Latest Version Of Windows Media Player?

Windows Media Player 12 is the most recent version of Windows Media Player. This information is accurate as of August 2022.

3. Is There A Windows Media Player For Windows 10 64-bit?

Yes, there is a Windows Media Player for the 64-bit version of Windows 10.

4. When Did Windows Media Player Come Out?

Microsoft released Windows Media Player on October 22nd, 2009, along with Windows 7.

5. Can I Uninstall Windows Media Player In Windows 10?

No, you can’t. This is because Windows Media Player is part of the Windows 10 operating system.

However, you should be able to disable the application.

To disable Windows Media Player, run PowerShell as administrator. Then, enter the command below into PowerShell and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName “WindowsMediaPlayer”

My Final Thoughts About Fixing “Server Execution Failed” Error in Windows 10

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Receiving the “server execution failed” error when trying to use the Windows Media Player on your Windows 10 PC can be frustrating. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including a corrupt system file.

Regardless, with the solutions provided in this guide, you should be able to fix this error once and for all. Specifically, I offered four solutions to fix this problem in this guide.

The first solution involved re-registering some Windows Media Player components. Meanwhile, the second solution I discussed in this guide is to run an SFC scan.

Also, we learned a solution that involves running DISM scans. That’s not all; we also talked about how to fix the error by performing a clean boot.

I hope this guide was useful to you. If it was, sparing 2 minutes to share your experience with our community at Itechguides Community would be very appreciated.

However, if none of the solutions worked for you, don’t hesitate to post it at Itechguides Community. You will get a response from our team and other community members as soon as possible.

Lastly, for more Windows 10 fix-it guides, visit our Windows 10 Fix-it guides page.

References and Further Reading

  1. answers.microsoft.com – “Server execution failed” with Windows Media Player
  2. support.microsoft.com – How to perform a clean boot in Windows
  3. Itechguides Community

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