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Error Message " 0x8004100E" When You Run a Windows Management Instrumentation Script

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
SYMPTOMS
When you run a Windows Management Instrumentation script, or you query the namespace, you may receive the following error message:
Error: Invalid namespace
Code: 8004100E
Source: SWbemLocator
This error message means that the namespace specified cannot be located.
RESOLUTION
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

To resolve this behavior, check the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Wbem\Scripting
The default namespace value should have the value data of root\cimv2.
Properties

Article ID: 281888 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 23:11:58 - Revision: 1.2

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