Windows Media Player “Server execution failed” Error on Windows [Solved]

April Cai, in Common error Tags: Windows Media Player


Every now and then, when you close Windows Media Player(WMP) and at once try to open another file via WMP, Server execution failed error might pop up. It’s a good thing we’ve found the effective solutions for you.

Following are tried-and-true fixes for Server execution failed error. Read on to find one help you fix the error.


No.1 Fix: End WMP in Task Manager
No.2 Fix: Disable WMP Network Sharing Service
NO.3 Fix: Register jscript.dll and vbscript.dll
NO.4 Fix: Add the Administrator group to the Local Service



Fix 1: End WMP in Task Manager

1)
Open Task Manager by pressing Shift + Ctrl + Esc keys at the same time.

2)
View under Process pane, If you found Windows Media Player, highlight it.
Then click End Task at the bottom right.



3)
Check if WMP could be open properly.


Fix 2: Disable WMP Network Sharing Service

1)
Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows logo key + key together.
Then type services.msc in the box and hit Enter.



2)
Scroll down to find and right-click on Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service.
Then click Properties.



3)
Under General pane, set Startup type to be Disabled.
Then click OK.



4) 
Restart your computer and check if WMP could be open properly.


Fix 3: Register jscript.dll and vbscript.dll

1)
Run Command Prompt as administrator.
How to:
Find and right-click on Command Prompt from Start menu.
Then choose Run as administrator.
Click YES when prompted by User Account Control.



2)
Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and hit Enter.
When it done, click OK.



3)
Go on to type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and hit Enter.
When it done, click OK.
Close command prompt window.



4) 
Check if WMP could be open properly.


Fix 4: Add the Administrator group to the Local Service


1)
Run Command Prompt as administrator.( Follow How to of Fix 3)

2)
Type net localgroup “Administrators” “NT Authority\Local Service” /add and hit Enter.



3)
When it done, close command prompt window.



4)
Restart your computer and check if WMP could be open properly.

That’s all there is to it. Server execution failed error on your computer should be fixed now. If you have any suggestions or problems, just leave your comment below to let us know.


Help Us Improve Article
  • Kevin Tay

    Did all the above and yet WMP still says Server Execution Failed.

  • Lema Kumbi

    when I type net localgroup “Administrators” “NT AuthorityLocal Service” /add and hit enter it says system error 1376 has occurred.the specified local group does not exist.

  • anne

    #3 worked for me. Thanks.