FIX: "The process could not initialize ''" error occurs when you use merge publication in SQL Server 2014

Applies to: SQL Server 2014 DeveloperSQL Server 2014 DeveloperSQL Server 2014 Enterprise


Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a publication of the type Merge Replication (Web Synchronization).
  • You configure this publication to use a Microsoft COM-based resolver for resolving conflicts.
  • You create a subscription for the publication.
In this scenario, the sychronization fails, and you receive the following error message:
Source: Merge Process(Web Sync Client)
Number: -2147198716
Message: The process could not initialize '<Resolver Name>'. Verify that the component is registered correctly.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.