Windows Media Player Server Execution Failed Windows 10 – WMP Fix

Welcome to a guide to fix windows media player server execution failed windows 10 error. WMP is an older version of Microsoft Movies & Tv software that was replaced upon Windows 10 release. Since it is an older version of the software, glitches and errors might occur. So, keep reading till the end to discover complete solutions for WMP error.

WMP came into the horizon of media players and engulfed entertainment with new features of audio and video playback. The major benefit were the ability to rip, burn, and copy music into external discs. Moreover, purchasing or renting tracks from online stores was possible through Windows Media Player.

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Windows Media Player Server Execution Failed – Fix

A common cause of the error is old and outdated hardware and drivers. But sometimes, a virus in the computer system that has damaged the registry files and items could lead to the failure of server execution. So before applying these tricks, make sure to scan your computer with anti-virus programs and clean it.

Also, it is possible that the files that you are trying to play might be corrupt due to incomplete download or transfer. So be sure to open them with other players like VLC & check.

If you’ve tried everything and still server execution failed message shows up, you can try the following major solutions. By the way, these methods also work for older versions of the Windows operating system.

1. Restart services from system

The following solution works for Windows 10 latest version as well as older versions.

  • Open ‘Run’ by pressing ‘Windows + R’ hotkey. Then type ‘services.msc’ and press enter.open services.msc in windows 10 using run
  • From the list, find the ‘Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service’. find windows media player network sharing service
  • Right-click and select ‘Properties’. open properties of windows media player network sharing service
  • Click on the drop-down list next to ‘Start-up Type’ and set that to ‘Disabled’.disable windows media player network sharing service properties
  • Apply the changes and select ‘OK’. apply startup type disabled

Reboot your computer immediately after that. Open Windows Media Player upon the restart and it should be working fine.

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2. Edit Registry

Open ‘Run’ as mentioned above, type ‘cmd’ and press enter. Then use the hotkey ‘CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER’ within the command prompt window to run as administrator.

After that, execute the following commands by typing them and pressing enter one by one:

  • regsvr32 jscript.dll
  • regsvr32 vbscript.dll

When the above commands are executed properly, reboot your PC. This should easily fix the ‘service execution failed’ error on windows 10.

3. Close WMP Background Process

Once again, open the run dialogue box, and execute the command ‘taskmgr’ (see above to learn how). Alternatively, you can right-click the start menu and select ‘Task Manager’ if you’re on Windows 10.

Now, right-click on ‘Windows Media Player’ under apps and select ‘End Task’.

windows media player end task manager

Re-open the media player and it should start working.

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4. Troubleshoot using Windows Store Apps

Launch the ‘START’ menu and click on the gear icon to open settings.

how to open settings in windows 10

Navigate to ‘Update & Security’.

how to open update & security windows 10

Switch to the ‘Troubleshoot’ tab and then ‘Windows Store Apps’.

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Then click on ‘Run the Troubleshooter’.  It will open a new dialogue box that says ‘Detecting Problems’. This step takes a while, so keep patience till the computer finds a problem.

Once done, it will give you two options: either reset an app or click ‘Next’. This is a good time to set the player to default settings. If you select Next, it will look for other problems. At last, when everything is over, restart the system and launch the wm player.

5. Re-Install WM Player

Start ‘Run’, type ‘Control Panel’, and press enter. Navigate to Programs > Programs & Features > Turn Windows Features on or off.

Scroll down the ‘Windows Features’ list and click on the Plus icon + located to the left side of media features to unlock items. Remove the tick mark from the ‘Windows Media Player‘ checkbox. It will show a warning. Click Yes and then Ok.

turn windows features on off windows media player

In the end, restart your system.

Final Words

Similarly, some other methods include updating Windows to the latest version & adding wmplayer to the antivirus exception list. We can try clean booting the windows. Also, buying an original copy of the operating system through a trusted vendor as an alternative solution to get support from developers. Now you tell me, were you able to fix windows media player server execution failed windows 10 error? Tell me in the comments.

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