The Distributed Component Object Model, also known as DCOM, is an integral element of client-to-server communications within the Windows operating system. Whenever a Windows application makes a connection to the Internet, this process is facilitated by the DCOM paradigm. Because of this, errors that occur within DCOM can have a significant impact on the operation and functionality of your computer at large. Fortunately, you can diagnose and repair errors within your DCOM architecture using a few relatively straightforward steps.
The Basics of DCOM
As mentioned previously, DCOM acts as a facilitator of a surprisingly large number of interactions within your computer. DCOM can operate as part of a "silent" authenticator, and can also take a more active role, such as when you use apps that require continuous live updates.
Because of its importance relative to the general operation of your system, DCOM is generally part of the automatic maintenance occurring within your operating system. For many users, the need to diagnose or repair DCOM issues will never occur. However, in situations where this does become a problem, it pays to understand exactly what is happening and how these technical issues can be resolved.
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Signs of DCOM Issues
Perhaps one of the most common signs that a DCOM error has occurred within your computer is when you receive a "connection timed out" message repeatedly despite the fact that you have no issues with your actual internet connectivity as determined by your modem. Yet another sign that you may be experiencing DCOM issues is if internet browsers continually return an "unable to load content" error despite the presence of a stable internet connection.
Repairing DCOM Architecture Issues
If you have determined that you have a valid DCOM issue on your computer, the next step is to address the problem and repair it. In order to get started, you will need to ensure that you have logged into your computer using an admin-level account.
The next step is to launch your Component Services Snap-In application. In order to do this, you will need to first click on the "Apps" icon in your Windows start menu and search for "Component Services." This should bring up the designated application, which you can then launch.
The Component Services Snap-In Application is an integral element of the Microsoft Management Console Framework, which is used to manage various critical elements of your software and hardware architecture. Once you have launched this, you will need to click the "Component Services" option, followed by "My Computer."
After you have completed these steps, click on the "DCOM Config," followed by the "Microsoft Windows Remote Shell Host." You will need to right-click the "Microsoft Windows Remote Shell Host" and then select the "Properties" option from the menu that appears.
You will need to deactivate and reactivate DCOM in this menu, effectively performing a "hard restart." Hopefully, this will resolve the issues you are experiencing. If it does not, your next step should be to launch a full system reboot. If this still does not repair the problem at hand, you may need to seek out the assistance of an experienced computer repair professional.