Fix Microsoft Word WinWord.exe Application Error in Windows 10

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Philippe Gloaguen

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Microsoft Word is one of the most used text editors. The executable file name for the application is WinWord.exe. Many users have reported that when they try to open the application, they get the following error:

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000715). Click OK to close the application.

The problem also occurs with Microsoft Outlook if Microsoft Word files are attached to emails in your profile. Microsoft has released an update to fix this, however it will not work if the .dll files associated with the suite are already damaged.


The causes of the problem are as follows:

1] Problems with the user profile.

2] The office suite was damaged.

3] Some third party antivirus software may interfere with the process.

4]Malware o virus nel sistema.

5] Missing files in the Microsoft Office suite.

Solution 1] Restart the WinWord process

Sometimes the reason an application cannot be opened is that the previous session did not complete.

1] Press CTRL + ALT + CANC to open the Security Options window and select Task Manager.

2] Right-click on Microsoft Word process and select Process finished.

3] Try starting Microsoft Word again.

Solution 2] Repair Microsoft Office

1] Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command appwiz.cpl. Press Enter to open Programs and Features.

2] Find Microsoft Office on the list.

3] Right-click the software and click Modify. Then select Repair and go through the repair process.

Solution 3] Complete the reinstallation of Microsoft Office

If the above 2 solutions fail, it means that the required files for Microsoft Word are corrupted or missing. Therefore, we should reinstall the Microsoft Office package. Here is the procedure for the same:

1] Download the easy fix trick mentioned in option 2 here. Run the tool to completely uninstall the Microsoft Office package.

2] Install on pc Microsoft Office again.

Additional steps

1] Windows Update: Microsoft has released a Windows update to fix this problem. While it doesn't always fix the problem, it should be the first step.

2] Run a full system virus and malware scan.

3] Uninstall all recently installed suspicious programs.

Next, proceed with the following solutions:

1] Restarts the WinWord process

2] Repair Microsoft Office

3] Complete the reinstallation of Microsoft Office

I hope this helps!

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