You receive an error when you launch Windows Media Player: "Server Execution Failed"



When you try to launch Windows Media Player by opening a media file, you receive the following error message:

" <filename>Server Execution Failed"


You may receive this error when you attempt to open a media file shortly after closing Windows Media Player (WMP). When you close WMP, the user interface closes immediately, however WMP continues to be in a "shutting down" state for a few seconds, and the process is still active during this time.


You must wait a few seconds (two is typically sufficient) before reopening WMP.

Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

Article ID: 2021469 - Last Review: 03/17/2010 19:05:00 - Revision: 2.0

Windows Media Player 11

  • KB2021469