Fix: Windows 10 EventID 10016 error, application-specific permission not granted

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

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Many Windows 10 users complain that after each boot, the Event Log displays intriguing application-specific permission errors. These errors started to appears soon after users upgraded to the Anniversary Update.

Since there is very little information available as to why Windows 10 displays this type of errors, many users quickly rolled back to their previous OS. Those who haven’t, are still struggling to understand why this error appears and how to fix it.

Windows 10 users report that this error also appears when they install the latest OS updates. Fortunately, we’ve found a possible solution to remove this error once and for all.

Windows 10 EventID 10016 error

After the anniversary updates, I’m getting the same error as everyone else.  Microsoft, this is inexcusable given the new Windows 10 update strategy that you have implemented.

The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID
to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM 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.

How to fix EventID 10016 error

1. Go to Regedit > search for {F72671A9-012C-4725-9D2F-2A4D32D65169}

2. Right-click > ‘Permissions‘ and ‘Advanced‘.
3. On the top line, click ‘Change‘ and add ‘Users‘ in the white box >  tick the little box underneath > click OK
4. Back in the permissions window, tick ‘Full Control‘ for ‘Administrators‘ and ‘Users‘.
5. Go to Component services >the box shouldn’t be greyed out.
6. You’ll see 3 tables: Launch and Activation Permissions, Access Permissions, Configuration
7. Go to Launch and Activation Permissions > Click “Customize” > add ‘System‘ if it’s not there.
8. Tick all 4 boxes > click OK.
9. In regedit, restore CLSID permissions back to SYSTEM and APPID permissions back to TRUSTED INSTALLER, which should be NT SERVICE\trustedinstaller.
10. Reboot your computer and the EventID 10016 error should be gone.


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