Windows Errors

Fixed: Windows Media Player Server Execution Failed on Windows 10, 8, 7

Some people reported that when you are using Windows Media Player to play some videos or songs, an error popped up: Server execution failed. Why this issue happened and how to fix it?

The server execution failed error is a common problem on Windows Media Player. This problem is mainly caused by two reasons: the damage system files and the windows media player network services issue.

How to Fix WMP Server Execution Failed Error

After knowing the reasons for this error, you should try to solve this problem step by step. There are several methods that are reported useful to solve server execution failed problem. If your Windows Media Player also came to this problem, follow next solutions.


Solution 1: End Windows Media Player in Task Manager

If your screen pops up this error, you can disable Windows Media Player process to fix it.

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del, and then select the last one option Task Manager.

2. In the Processes tab, find and right click the Windows Media Player program to End Task.

Solution 2: Fix Windows Media Player Problems Automatically

If your windows media player does not work or cannot play music normally or there are other problems, and you have no idea with it, you can choose this method to let it be solved automatically.

Advanced System Care is a professional Windows system protection and cleaning software that can help you optimize your computer and fix the computer error. It is a powerful Windows helper. You can use this software to fix server execution failed error on WMP.

1. Download Advanced SystemCare, install and run it on your computer.

2. In the Toolbox tab, select Win Fix. This function helps you fix problems such as slow internet speed, browsers high CPU usage, etc.

toolbox win fix

3. Select Fix Media Player and then click the button.

fix media player

Advanced SystemCare will start scanning the Windows Media Player problem and fix it automatically.


In the Advanced tab, select Media Player. Here are some media player issues such as WMP internal application error, WMP not responding, etc. If your Media Player has the any of these problems, just click the Fix button, and Advanced SystemCare will fix it automatically.

advanced fix windows media player

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Solution 3: Register jscript.dll and vbscript.dll

Some people reported that after registering the jsript.dll and vbscript.dll, they can play videos and songs on Windows Media Player again. Follow the next steps to register the two .dll files.

1. Type cmd in the search box. In the result, right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

2. Type regsvr32 jscript.dll and then press Enter.

regsvr32 jscript.dll

3. Click OK.

4. Type regsvr32 vbscript.dll and then press Enter.

5. Click OK.

6. Close the Command Prompt window.

Now you can try to open the Windows Media Player again and select one media from your library or local disk to check if the problem has been solved.

Solution 4: Disable Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Windows media player network sharing service aims to share WMP libraries with other network players and media devices. If your WMP has the server execution failed error, try to disable it.

1. Type services in the search box to open services desktop application.

2. Find Windows Media Player Network Service, and right click it to Stop.

3. Right click Windows Media Player Network Service and select Properties.

windows media player network sharing service

4. In the Startup type, select Disabled from the drop-down menu.

disable windows media player network sharing service

5. Click Apply and OK.

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Solution 5: Run Windows Media Player Troubleshooter

Windows provides the embedded troubleshooter for the built-in media player software. If your Windows media player cannot work or has the server execution failed error, you can run the automatic troubleshooting tool to fix it.

1. Go to Windows icon> Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

2. On the right side, find the Video Playback, and then click Run the troubleshooter.

video playback troubleshooter

You can turn to Windows Media Player Troubleshooter.

3. Go to Control Panel > Troubleshooting > View All.

4. In the troubleshooting options, select Windows Media Player Settings.

windows media player settings troubleshooter

After that, the system will detect the media player problem automatically and then fix it in the background.

Solution 6: Run SFC and DISM Command

As mentioned above, the damaged system files can cause server execution failed. So you can try to scan the computer and repair the computer system automatically.

1. Run Command Prompt with the Administrator’s permission.

2. Type sfc/scannow and press Enter.

3. After that, restart your computer.

If this step cannot find any problem with your system files, you can do the next steps.

4. Open the Command Prompt (Admin) again.

5. Type the following commands and press Enterkey after each command:
DISM.exe/Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

6. Once finished, close the window.


As a Microsoft built-in multimedia software, Windows Media Player is powerful and easy to use. The server execution failed in WMP is a common problem, so you might as well follow the above solutions to fix it. Among these methods, solution 2 will be a more comprehensive choice.

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Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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