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How to Fix MMC Could Not Create the Snap-in

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Written by Kelly Houstan

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is basically an application that actually provides a graphical user interface (GUI). And also a programming framework in which consoles (which is collections of administrative tools) can also be created, saved, and opened as well. Just read this article to know all about How to Fix MMC Could Not Create the Snap-in. Let’s begin!

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

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

How To Fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

Before moving forward make sure in order to create a system restore point. Just in case something goes wrong, and then you would be able to restore your system to this restore point as well. Now without even wasting any time let’s see how you can fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in error via the following troubleshooting guide:

Run System File Checker

  • Tap on Windows Key + X and then click on Command Prompt(Admin).
  • Now, you guys have to type the following in the cmd and click on enter:

Sfc /scannow

  • Now, wait for the above process to finish and when done restart your PC.
  • Then again open CMD and then type the following command one by one and click on enter after each one:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Let the DISM command run and then you have to wait for it to finish.
  • If the above command doesn’t even work then try on the below:
Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess

Note: You have to replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows along with the location of your repair source (Windows Installation or Recovery Disc).

  • You have to reboot your PC in order to save changes and see if you’re able to fix MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in error actually.

Turn on the Microsoft .net Framework

  • You have to search for the control panel in Windows Search and then click on Control Panel from the search result.
  • Now from the Control Panel tap on “Uninstall a program” that is under Programs. 
  • Then just choose “Turn Windows features on or off” from the left-hand menu as well.
  • Now choose “Microsoft .net Framework 3.5“.  You guys need to expand each component and check the ones you want to turn on.

MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

  • Now just restart the computer and check if the issue is fix, if not then head to the next step.
  • You guys may also run the system file checker tool once again.

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

Registry Fix | MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

  • Tap on Windows + R key simultaneously and then type Regedit in the Run dialog box in order to open Registry Editor.

NOTE: Before manipulating the registry, then you should make a backup of the Registry.

  • So, inside Registry Editor navigate to the following key:


  • Inside SnapIns, you have to search for the error number specified in CLSID.
  • After navigating to the following key, then just right-click on the FX:{b05566ad-fe9c-4363-be05-7a4cbb7cb510} and then just choose Export. This will basically let you back up the Registry key into a .reg file. Next, right-tap on the same key and this time choose Delete.
  • At last, in the confirmation box, choose Yes to delete the registry key. Close the Registry Editor and then just reboot your system.

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

MMC Could Not Create The Snap-in

Download Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on Windows 10

If nothing fixes the issue then you can also use RSAT as an alternative to MMC on Windows 10 too. RSAT is a really useful tool that is developed via Microsoft which is used to manage Windows Server present in the remote location.  Basically, there is also an MMC snap-in “Active Directory Users and Computers” in the tool as well. That turns on the user to do changes and also manage the remote server. MMC snap-in is just like an add-on to the module. This tool is really helpful to add new users and then also reset the password to the organizational unit.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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