How To Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

How To Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

How To Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is an application that provides a graphical user interface (GUI) and a programming framework in which consoles (collections of administrative tools) can be created, saved, and opened.

MMC was originally released as part of the Windows 98 Resource Kit and is included on all later versions. It uses a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) in an environment similar to Microsoft’s Windows Explorer. MMC is considered to be a container for the actual operations, and is known as a “tools host.” It does not, itself, provide management, but rather a framework in which management tools can operate.

Sometimes, there may be a possibility of a scenario in which some snap-ins may not work properly. Especially, if the registry configuration of a snap-in is broken (note that Registry Editor is not a snap-in), the snap-in initialization would fail. In this case, you’re likely to get following error message (a specific message in case of Event Viewer): MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly.

How To Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

Let’s see how to fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in error via the following method:

Method 1: Turn on the Microsoft .net Framework

1.Right click on the windows button and select control panel.

2.Click on programs.


3.Now select “Turn Windows features on or off” under Programs and Features.

turn windows features on or off

4.Now select “Microsoft .net Framework 3.5“.  You have to expand each component and check the ones you want to turn on.

turn on .net framework

5.Restart the computer and check if the issue is fixed if not then go to the next step.

6.You may run the system file checker tool once again. It might fix the issue. How to use system file checker tool.

The above method might Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in error but if it doesn’t then follow the next method.

Method 2: Registry fix

1.Press windows + R key simultaneously and type “regedit” in the Run dialog box to open Registry Editor.

open registry editor

NOTE: Before manipulating registry, you should make a backup of registry or create a system restore point.

2.Inside registry navigate to the following key:

MMC snap ins registory editor

3.Inside SnapIns search for the error number specified in CLSID.


4.After navigating to the following key, right-click on the FX:{b05566ad-fe9c-4363-be05-7a4cbb7cb510} and select Export. This will let you to backup the registry key into a .reg file. Next, right click on the same key and this time select Delete.

export snapIns

5.Finally, in the confirmation box, select Yes to delete the registry key. Close the Registry Editor and reboot your system.

After restarting the machine, Windows would automatically generate the required registry configuration for the Event Manager and this solves the problem. So you can open Event Viewer and find it works as expected:

event viewer working

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If you are still getting the Snap-in error you might have to fix by reinstalling MMC:

Comments are welcomed if you still have any doubt or question regarding How to fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in.

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  1. Joshua Marshall

    Still not working… Been trying to change my QoS settings on gpedit, but comes up with ‘MMC could not create the snap in’ after i have executed this fix multiple times.

  2. mostwantedmani

    Im facing the MMC snapin error while opening many features like event viewer, task scheduler, advanced settings in firewall ( administrative tools)… Regedit method is not fixing the problem, its not creating the missing snapins…..
    i couldnot enable .netframework using control panel “turn windows features on or off” is displaying a blank dialog box without any folders or checkboxes in it… how to fix this??

    1. Okay so you can’t enable .netframework and did you restart your computer after trying the method 2(registry one)? Did you saw the video mentioned in the post to fix your problem?

  3. Rahul

    Did all those things but still facing problems. The reg key doesn’t get created again after deletion

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