If you open the Event Viewer utility often, you may notice a DistributedCOM Error on Windows. Let’s know what this DistributedCOM Error Windows error is, how it’s caused, and how you can fix it.
1 What Is the DistributedCOM Error Windows 10 and 11?
2 What is the Cause of the DCOM Error?
3 Types of DCOM Errors
4 How To Fix DistributedCOM Error In Windows
What Is the DistributedCOM Error Windows 10 and 11?
DistributedCOM, also called Distributed Component Object Model or DCOM, is a Microsoft technology that connects a computer to remote servers.
Traditional COM technology focuses on local communication of your computer while the DCOM service is for remote connections.
In the case you’re not connecting to any remote network, you may wonder why you’re getting the DistributedCOM error message. This is because many websites and programs run scripts that connect to remote servers.
The error is unnoticeable for most users as it occurs in the background and doesn’t cause visible problems. However, some users may face internet connectivity problems or issues opening a particular website or program.
What is the Cause of the DCOM Error?
Usually, a DistributedCOM error on Windows occurs when a service or app tries connecting to a remote server, but the connection is declined because it doesn’t have the required permission.
Types of DCOM Errors
Event Viewer shows the event ID of the information, warning, and errors. The DistributedCOM error can appear with various IDs but the most common are DCOM errors 10016, 10005, 10006, 10009, 10010, and 10021.
How To Fix DistributedCOM Error In Windows
- Delete the Windows Registry Keys Grant Administrator-Level Access to CLSID And APPID Install Windows Updates Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus or Whitelist the Program Ensure You Have the Permission to Access the Server Restart the Windows Search Service Verify Group Policies
1. Delete the Windows Registry Keys
Registry keys are instructions for your system saved in binary form. Some conflicting registry keys can result in a DistributedCOM error in Windows. I’ll delete the registry keys that are known to trigger this error.
Press the Windows key + R, type Regedit, and hit the enter key. Click ‘Yes’ if you see the UAC security prompt. When the Registry Editor opens, create a backup before changing your registry files. Click ‘Computer’. Then, select ‘File’ from the menu bar, choose ‘Export’, and save the registry settings to your desired location. Now, copy-paste this address on the Registry Editor and press enter: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOle
2. Grant Administrator-Level Access to CLSID And APPID
CLSID (Class ID) is the unique ID that’s allotted to application components whereas APPID (Application ID) is also a similar identifier for apps. These are logged with the DCOM 10016 and 10005 errors.
You can view the CLSID and APPID of each DistributedCOM error on Windows and give sufficient permissions to each one, but this is a time-consuming process. So, you should grant admin access to all the CLSIDs and APPIDs instead.
Press the Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog. Type Regedit and press enter. Click ‘Yes’ if you see the Windows security warning. On the address bar of Registry Editor, copy-paste this address to reach the CLSID folder: ComputerHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID Right-click CLSID and pick ‘Permissions’.
On the other hand, if you consider the above-mentioned method risky, resort to noting the CLSID and APPID of the DCOM error from the Event Viewer and then granting permission to those IDs only.
Right-click the Start logo on the taskbar and choose ‘Event Viewer’. Find the DCOM error message in the event logs and click it. Note the CLSID and APPID of the error in Notepad.
3. Install Windows Updates
Mostly, the DCOM error 10010 is caused due to an outdated Windows OS version or installed apps. However, try updating your Windows and apps whichever DCOM error code you’re receiving.
Click the Start menu and go to Settings > Update & Security. Click ‘Check for updates’.
4. Temporarily Disable Your Antivirus or Whitelist the Program
Windows Defender and third-party antivirus programs work seamlessly and don’t cause many issues. However, if you’re seeing DistributedCOM errors regularly, temporarily disable your antivirus.
This is more important if you recently installed a new antivirus or connected to a new service or using a new program.
If you’re not comfortable with disabling your antivirus, find the app or service that’s causing the issues and whitelist it.
Note: This may not be possible for every Windows service.
Right-click the Start button and choose ‘Event Viewer’. Find the DCOM error in the event logs and click it. Under its info, copy-paste its APPID values to Notepad.
Now, add the program to the whitelist or exclusion list of your antivirus. These steps are for Microsoft Defender.
Open Windows Security. Choose ‘Virus & threat protection’.
5. Ensure You Have Permission to Access the Server
When apps and services try connecting to a server, it’s not critical for their functionality. So, if you receive a DistributedCOM error on Windows due to them, you won’t notice any problems.
However, in case you’re intentionally connecting to a remote or DCOM server such as your office’s server, and getting this error, contact your IT administrator and make sure your computer has permission to connect to the server.
6. Restart the Windows Search Service
The DistributedCOM error 10005 occurs when a service is disabled or when no active devices are connected to it. So, try restarting the Windows Search service to fix this particular DCOM error.
Open the Start menu, type ‘Services’, and open the first app. Find ‘Windows Search’. Right-click it and pick ‘Properties’.
7. Verify Group Policies
The group policy ‘Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box’ can lead to a DistributedCOM error on Windows if you enabled it by mistake. The DCOM error you receive is usually 10005. To fix it, either disable it or set it to default settings.
Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard, type gpedit.msc, and hit enter. From the left pane, go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer. Look for ‘Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box’, right-click it, and click Edit.