Snap-in failed to initialize
Snap-in failed to initialize
The Snap-in failed to initialize error message can happen in several scenarios. In most cases, it is known to appear when launching the Microsoft Management Console.
The Snap-in failed to initialize error message can also come up when starting the Enterprise Manager and in Internet Information Services (IIS).
The Snap-in failed to initialize message happens when there is a problem with security policies, for example the Local Security Policy, Domain Security Policy, or the Group Policy, or when there is a problem with abandoned registry entry.
The Snap-in failed to initialize error message related to MS Management Console
When the Snap-in failed to initialize message relates to the Microsoft Management Console, it is caused by the system not having access to the System32\WBEM folder.
This can be solved by adding the following parameter to the system environment PATH variable:
Go to the My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced -> System Variables and edit the PATH variable.
Snap-in failed to initialize in case of orphaned registry entry
The Snap-in failed to initialize message can also happen when there is an orphaned registry entry because of a program that is associated with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in is removed.
In Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, this can be fixed via the following steps:
Ignore the message and start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Click Add/Remove snap-in
Click Orphaned snap-in (the one that usually does not have an icon)
Save the changes
In case this still does not help, then ...
Snap-in failed to initialize in case of a problem with DLL registration
The Snap-in failed to initialize message can also happen when there is a problem with DLL registration. If nothing works, make sure the following files exist in your system folder (most likely C:\Windows\system32), and try the following:
Go to the Start menu, click Run, type CMD, hit ENTER and then type and enter the following lines:
- regsvr32 certmgr.dll
- regsvr32 filemgmt.dll
- regsvr32 mycomput.dll
Then type exit and reboot the comuter.
Snap-in failed to initialize related to Internet Information Services (IIS)
You can also get the Snap-in failed to initialize error message when opening Internet Information Services (IIS). In this case, check that it is installed.
Go to the Start menu
-> Control Panel
-> Add/Remove Windows Components
-> IIS Snap-In
The Snap-in failed to initialize error message related to Enterprise Manager
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