Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player


If you are trying to play an audio with Windows Media Player but getting an error message like Server Execution Failed, here is some possible solution that would fix your problem within moments. It can appear anytime when you try to play a .mp3 file or any other audio file with Windows Media Player. No matter whether you are using Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10, you can face this issue anytime. Therefore, learn how to fix Server execution failed problem in Windows 10/8/7.

Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player

Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player

1] Use Services

There is a service running for Windows Media Player that can cause this issue. It is called Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. By default, it runs automatically. However, if you are tweaked anything related to this or any change has happened in this service, you may face the problem. Therefore, open Windows Services by search for services.msc in the Run prompt that appears by pressing Win + R button. After that. Search for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service. Make sure it is not disabled. If it is disabled, start it and restart your computer. Otherwise, right-click on this menu, and select Restart.


Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player

Following that, restart your computer and check whether the problem still exists or not.

2] Use Command Prompt to register files

There are two .dll files those are responsible for this issue. Therefore, if you re-register those files, the problem can be solved. You need Command Prompt for that. Therefore, open Command Prompt with administrator privilege and enter these following commands one by one-

regsvr32 jscript.dll

regsvr32 vbscript.dll

now close the Command prompt window and try playing a file with Windows Media Player.

3] Make a change in Registry

There is a registry value that can be responsible for this issue as well. Although this value can cause Server Execution Failed issue in Windows Explorer mainly, the WMP can show the same due to this value. Therefore, verify the value that you need for getting rid of this problem.

Precaution: Before getting started, create a system restore point and backup all registry files.

At first, open Registry Editor. For that, press Win + R, type regedit and hit the Enter button. After that, navigate to this following path-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

On your right-hand side, you should find a key called SeparateProcess. Double-click on this key and make sure the Data for this value is set to 0. If the value is set to 1, do make the change.

Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player

Otherwise, keep it as it is.

4] Add Administrator group to Local service

This thing can be done with the help of Command prompt and it can solve your issue within moments. At first, you need to open Command Prompt as Administrator and enter the following command-

net localgroup "Administrators" "NT Authority\Local Service" /add

Server Execution Failed when Playing Audio using Windows Media Player

Then, restart your computer and check whether you can open Windows Media Player or not.

Hope these simple solutions would be helpful for you.

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