Some users complain that they failed to create a snap-in in Microsoft Management Console with the error message “MMC could not create the snap-in”. If you are facing the same problem, this post from MiniTool will be helpful for you. Here, you can get 4 solutions to this error.
MMC stands for Microsoft Management Console. It is a built-in application in Windows, providing programming framework and graphical user interface. You can create, save and open consoles in MMC.
Recently, some issues have been reported with MMC, and the “MMC could not create the snap-in” error is one of them. This issue will give a string of error number (CLSID).
What can you do if you encounter this problem? Here are some solutions and you can try them one by one until you fix the issue.
Fix 1: Enable the Microsoft .Net Framework
Most users have successfully fixed MMC could not create the snap-in Windows 10 issue by enabling the Microsoft .Net Framework. So, you can firstly try this method.
Step 1: Press Windows + S, input control panel in the Search bar, and click the search result to open the app.
Step 2: Navigate to Programs > Programs and Features.
Step 3: Click Turn Windows features on or off in the left pane.
Step 4: In the pop-up window, check .Net Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) option. You can also expand it and check its components according to your needs. Click OK to save changes.
After that, restart your computer and check if “MMC could not create the snap-in” issue has been resolved.
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Fix 2: Rename the Mmc.exe File
In some cases, the mmc could not create the snap-in Windows issue can be easily removed by renaming the mmc.exe file. This method may not work in your case, but you can still have a try.
Step 1: Press Windows + E to open File Explorer.
Step 2: Go to the path of C:\Windows\System32 and locate the mmc.exe file. You can quickly find it by using File Explorer search feature – just input the name in the top-right search bar and press Enter.
Step 3: Right-click the file and choose Rename. Then, rename it to mmc.exe.old and confirm the operation.
Once it’s done, you can go to Microsoft Management Console to check if the issue disappears.
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Fix 3: Modify Windows Registry
You might also receive MMC could not create the snap-in issue if the related registry is broken. In this case, you can follow the steps below to fix the registry.
Step 1: Press Windows + R to invoke Run window. Input regedit in the empty box and click OK to open Registry Editor.
Step 2: Copy and paste the following path in the upper address bar and press Enter: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\SnapIns.
Step 3: In SnapIns folder, search for the subfolder named by the CLSID number given in the error message in your case. Right-click the subfolder and choose Export to back it up to a certain directory.
Step 4: Now, right-click the subfolder and choose Delete this time.
Once its done, restart your computer and the MMC issue should have been resolved.
Fix 4: Use System File Checker
There are some system files work for Microsoft Management Console. If these system files get missing or corrupted, you might receive the issue as well. To fix it in this case, you can try using System File Checker utility. This is an easy operation and you can refer to the following steps.
Step 1: Open Run window, input cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2: Type the command sfc /scannow and press Enter to execute it.
Step 3: Wait until the verification is 100% completed and then restart your computer to check if the issue has been removed.
If sfc scan doesn’t work and you still receive this problem, you can try performing DISM scan. Just open Command Prompt with administrative privilege and execute the following commands one by one:
- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
- Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
After the process is completed, restart your device again. Hopefully, the issue will disappear.