[Solved] DistributedCOM event ID 10016

You may encounter the following type of errors in the System event log:

Microsoft-Windows-DistributedCOM Id 10016 application-specific permission settings Local Activation permission COM Server application CLSID APPID LocalHost (Using LRPC) security permission Component Services administrative tool

This problem can be fixed through the following steps:

1. Get the application name

As you can notice there are two ID numbers in the error message: the CLSID and the APPID.
Take the APPID and search for the matching registry key under HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Classes\appid.

Get-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Classes\appid\{9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276}'

You will notice the application name.

appid application name

2. Check your permissions

Verify that you have Full Control permissions on this same registry key.
Otherwise, grant yourself those permissions.
Note: You may have to take ownership of the registry key before you are able to change its permissions…

3. Change the AppID’s permissions

  1. Open the Component Services administrative tool by typing dcomcnfg in a command line.1
  2. Expand Component Services \ Computers \ My Computer

  3. Go to DCOM Config and in the menu select View by Details.

  4. Find your application and notice the Application ID on the right which is the same than in the event message.

  5. Right-click the application and select Properties

  6. Select the Security tab.

    Note: If the buttons appear as grayed out, this means you didn’t set correctly the permissions on your account and you must go back to the former subtitle of this post.

    DCOM application properties

  7. Watch again your event ID and note:

    • the account which is missing permissions (in my example above: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18))
    • the type of missing permissions (in my example above: Local Activation)
  8. Set permissions accordingly.
    In my example I would have following permissions to set:

    DCOM application permissions


  1. Alternatively, you can open the console from the Start menu in the Administrative Tools, or add the Component Services snap-in in an MMC console. 

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