[Solved] Fix Server Execution Failed Error While Trying To Play a Video [For Windows 8 or Later]

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on April 8, 2013

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Recently when we were trying to play a video file we faced this issue on our test system, the windows media player throws the error every time we try to play that file saying “Server Execution Failed” as you can see in the snapshot of the error below.

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This is the first time we faced this error as this file was previously playing fine in windows media player some days ago, so there has to be some thing wrong with media player as per our analysis. Normally it happens due to the incorrect functioning of windows media player sharing service. It happens because the settings for Windows Media network streaming may be corrupted. This prevents streaming video or audio from playing.

To fix this you can follow the steps mentioned below.

Open run prompt and type Window + R to open run prompt and type services.msc and press enter.

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Now locate the service named Windows Media Player Network Sharing in services management section.

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Now select the service and restart it and then restart your PC and after restart the video file should play fine in media player.

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In case you are running windows lower than windows 8, then you can also use the fix it tool to fix media player does not play video file problem and if above method does not work for you, then there are two more methods which should work for you mentioned below.

Method 2

1. Click on Start and in the search bar type cmd.exe
2. Right click on cmd.exe and click on Run as Administrator
3. In the command prompt type the following command
net localgroup "Administrators" "NT Authority\Local Service" /add

4. Press enter and restart the computer

Method 3

Uninstalling the Windows Media Player:
1. Go to Start and in the search type "Turn Windows features On or Off".
2. Click on "Turn Windows features On or Off".
3. Browse to the Media Features and uncheck the mark in front of Windows Media Player.
4. Restart the computer

In case method 3 same way you can install windows media player but you will need windows setup cd or DVD for the same as per the operating system you are facing this issue.

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