Windows 8.1 Event 10016 Fix: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160}

A year ago, I had such error message in the event viewer on the first day of fresh installation of Windows 8. I believed it was also the reason that I had a blue screen: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error. It was caused by ntoskrnl.exe upon inspecting Windows Mini Dump, by a tool named BlueScreenView.  Now a year later, after I recently updated to Windows 8.1 Update 1, the problem came back again. I decide to log it here.

After inspecting Windows Event Viewer, the error is the same as before, which is:

Event 10016, DistributedCOM

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
{D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160}
and APPID
{9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276}
to the user NT AUTHORITYSYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (Using LRPC) running in the application container Unavailable SID (Unavailable). This security permission can be modified using the Component Services administrative tool.

Here is a way I found to fix it:

1.Go to Component Service: dcomcnfg  (in Windows 8.1, you may hit ‘Win’ + Q and enter dcomcnfg, and launch it by Admin)

At the left panel, go to ‘Component Service->Computers->My Computer->DCOM Config’, then at the right panel, find by name: ‘RunTimeBroker’ (This is {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160})

Right click it, choose ‘Property’ -> ‘Security’.   Then I found everything was grey and unable to edit.

2. To enable editing ‘Security’, launch regedit (‘Win’ + Q and enter regedit, open the application by Admin)

Browse to Hkey_classes_rootAppID{9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276}, Right click it

Choose ‘Permissions’, -> Choose ‘Advanced‘ -> Change Owner to ‘Administrators’ of your PC -> Apply the change

Then change ‘SYSTEM’ and ‘Administrators’ ‘s permission to ‘Full Control’ under ‘Permission’ -> Apply the change

3. Go back to Component Service dcomcnfg

Now the Security section is able to edit.

In ‘Launch and Activation Permissions’, Add ‘SYSTEM’ and give it permission ‘Full Control’

4. DONE!

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