Fix Server Execution Failed message in Windows Media Player

Every now and then, when you try to open a media file, Windows Media Player does nothing for about 30 seconds and then comes up with this cryptic dialog box:
Server Execution Failed dialog box

Luckily it’s easy to fix:

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator (Click Start, Type cmd, right Click Command Prompt, select Run as Administrator)
  2. Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and press enter.
  3. A dialog will pop up. Click OK
  4. Now type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and press enter again.
  5. Click OK again
  6. Close Command Prompt and try opening the file again!

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  2. PieterS

    +1
    I had this on EVERY file I tried to open from Explorer, and now it’s working again, thanks to this very easy and quick fix.

  3. Komri

    Thxs ! It excellent job done. Plz give me a sovlution about bluetooth missing periphical divice to fix.

  4. jack

    Re server execution failed,Nope tried everything here and on all forums wmp on win 7 64bit wont play anything looks like realplayer for me although i hate it or a re-install of windows from scratch because trying install from another date wont work it comes up with your anti virus protection wont allow this even its off using avast and zone alarm firewall good luck to those who cant get it sorted.

  5. Darran

    FAILED !!! – Have been having this for months and extremely frustrating. Every forum you read points to similar fixes but nothing works. Might work for two or three videos, but eventually re-occurs for no obvious reason. Microsoft technicians (more like nail technicians!!) have no idea – famous last solution is to reinstall windows. Well I did this for unrelated reason (windows just crapping itself as usual) – and guess what – server execution failed – so reinstalling does NOT worl either. Best solution I know of – avoid WMP altogether – it’s rubbish !!

  6. Anonymous

    thanks dude really worked i was struggling with this problem from so much time!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Dennis

    Thanks it works but when I log off and bootup next day i get [Server Execution Failed ] message and have to go and use your fix again Regards Dennis

  8. agus putranda

    Thanks man…you’re good…

    I’ve been looking for various solutions, and here I am… this is where I found the answer

    greetings from indonesia

  9. NATHIN

    Thank you SO MUCH!!!! You are a genius. Microsoft forums doesn’t help at all! Thank goodness i found this link! Much thanks again!

  10. Anonymous

    Thank you so much it work… it help me so much to solve my problem now i can play my favorite music… God Bless…

  11. JOA

    It worked! I did a mistake earlier not putting a space between regsvr32 and jscript.dll. But having seen that, it finally solved my problem… THANKS!

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