MMC Console crashes with – MMC cannot initialize the snap-in

There will be times when you are working on a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) window and it will crash. Re-launching the MMC will produce the same result.

Issue:

When you launch an MMC console such as SCCM admin console or Group Policy Management console an error occurs – MMC cannot initialize the snap-in

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Cause :

This happens because the MMC has become corrupt.

Resolution :

for XP/2003 –

  1. Navigate to %userprofile%\application data\microsoft\mmc

for Win 7/2008 –

  1. Navigate to %userprofile%\appdata\roaming\microsoft\mmc
  2. delete the console that is having error (list below)

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Console List :

  • SCCM – Adminconsole
  • DNS – dnsmgmt
  • AD Users and Computers – dsa
  • AD Sites and Services – dssite
  • ForeFront Client Security – fcs
  • Group Policy Management – gpmc
  • MOM Administrator – MOMAdministratorConsole2005
  • Windows Server Updates Services – wsus

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