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How To Fix The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure Error

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, When the computer starts, I see this error: Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure, please help.“- Natalie T., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure error may appear when Windows starts loading. It usually results from an issue in the COM process. A COM server that is out-of-process may also show this error due to timeout. The computer automatically restarts when this error occurs. This is done for the safety of the computer’s hardware and software.


The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure error is also known as the STOP 0×80080005 error.


Problems that might cause this error include:

  • Heavy load on the CPU.
  • Configuration issues.
  • A bug in the code of the COM server.

Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure - Error Message -- Windows Wally


Here are some ways to fix this error:

Replace The COM Server

You can fix the Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure error by replacing the COM server. The out-of-process COM server should be replaced by one that starts faster. The initialization process should be fast enough to prevent this error. This can also be accomplished by using an in-process COM server.

Check Passwords And Server Codes

There is a possibility that the Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure error occurred because the COM server could not initialize due to a wrong password. It is worth re checking the passwords in the system configuration.

Update Device Drivers To Fix The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure Error

The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure error may be resolved just by upgrading all device drivers used on the computer. You can do this from the device manager or by searching for the device drivers online. The easiest way to do this is by using a driver utility like DriverDoc. It will automatically find and install upgraded versions of those device drivers for you.

Use Windows Update To Fix The Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure Error

Using Windows update may fix this problem if Microsoft has already fixed this issue.

  1. Press the Windows Key > type windows update > Click Windows Update from the list.
  2. In the Windows Update window, click Check for updates
    Co_E_Server_Exec_Failure - Windows update - check for updates -- Windows Wally
  3. Click Install updates and follow instructions. The computer might restart once to apply changes. Make sure to keep the computer plugged-in to ensure that the computer does not turn-off when changes are being applied to Windows.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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