Steps to fix Microsoft Office issues after Windows 10 upgrade

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Many people have complained about numerous issues linked with Office application, after upgrading to Windows 10.  Here are few such problems and the solutions to fix the MS office issues.

Note: Here I have illustrated all the solutions using MS Word application. You can even make use of these on other Office applications to fix the issues.

Problem #1:  Errors while trying to open Office applications

  • Word application shows “Word experienced an error trying to open the file”
  • In Excel, you might get "This file is corrupt and cannot be opened"
  • PowerPoint application may render one of the following error
  • “The application was unable to start correctly”
  • “PowerPoint found a problem with <filename>”
  • “Sorry, PowerPoint can’t read <filename>”


Fix 1: Update Office Application

You can update each office application individually. Let’s try with MS Word application.

  • Open MS Word and click on the Filetab
  • Go to Accountand select Update Options
  • Click on UpdateNow button
  • Follow the same steps to update other Office applications

Fix 2: Using Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt from admin account and type following command:

icacls "%programfiles%\Microsoft Office 15" /grant *S-1-15-2-1:(OI)(CI)RX

Then, try to open your Office documents.

Problem #2:  Office Documents Downloaded from Email Attachments Won’t Open

After Windows 10 upgrade, all the Office documents, such as Excel, Word, PPT files, etc., are not opening from email attachments.


Fix 1:  Disable Protected View

  • Open MS Word application and click on the Filetab
  • Go to optionand it takes you to Word Option window
  • Select Trust Centerand click on Trust Center Settings button
  • From the next window, click on Protected View
  • Next, uncheck "Enabled Protected View for files originating from the Internet" checkbox

Fix 2: Reinstall Office Suite

After following the above-mentioned method, try to open email attachments, if it doesn't work, reinstall your MS Office suite. Before installation, completely uninstall it from your computer. Then, open downloaded documents.

Fix Office Applciation Issues with Remo File Repair Suite:

Repair Office Word Documents: If you fail to open Office document even after Office suites reinstallation, then there is a chance of document corruption. To fix the corrupted documents, you can make use of File Repair Tool. In case, you want to repair Word files, then use Remo Word Repair Tool. The software comes handy to fix corrupted DOCX as well as DOC files in simple 3 steps.

Repair PowerPoint Files - PPT & PPTx

You can download Remo Repair PowerPoint tool to easily repair your corrupt Microsoft Powerpoint files using Remo Repair PowerPoint tool. Use below download button to get the Trial copy and preview the results before purchasing.  It supports various Office PowerPoint file formats - .ppt, pptx & pps.

Repair Outlook PST File

The tool is also available for fixing your corrupt or damaged Outlook PST files. So, just follow this simple step-by-step guide to repair PST file using Remo Repair Outlook software.

Step 1: Run Remo Repair Outlook software on your Windows computer. Click the Open Default PST File button and select your corrupt/damaged PST file.

You can opt to Select PST File Manually if you know the PST file location or select Find All Your PST Files option if you have more than one Outlook profile.

Step 2: Next, select either Normal Scan (to fix normal issues) or Smart Scan (if the severity of corruption is high), provide a safe location to save the repaired PST file and hit the Repair button.

Step 3: Once the PST repair process gets completed, verify all the recovered Outlook items.

Problem #3: Office Applications Crashing Frequently on Windows 10

Office application kept on crashing immediately after launch and while opening or editing office documents.

Solution: Repair Office Suite

If your Office applications keep crashing, then repair it using built in Repair tool. To access this-

  • Open Control Panel and click on Uninstall a program
  • Select MS Office Suite and double click on that
  • Select Change from pop up menu and then click on Repair

Problem #4: Unable to Find Office Applications after Windows 10 Upgrade

In Windows 10, there is no shortcut icon present in Start or taskbar. So, you can’t find them easily as in other OS.

Solution: Create a Shortcut Icon

Search an existing document and pin it to taskbar.

  • Search for Word application from search box
  • Right Click on it and select Pin to Taskbar option

It creates shortcut icon on taskbar. You can even create shortcut icon on at a time by using following method

  • Open File Explorer
  • Go the path specified below-
To reach 32-bit Office - C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

To reach 64-bit Office o- C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

  • Search for Office applications for which you want to create shortcut
  • Right click on it and select Create Shortcut
  • Then, press Yes to create shortcut

Problem #5: Unable to Save Files after upgrading to Windows 10

If you fail to save Office documents after upgrading to Windows 10, then follow the below mentioned steps.

Solution: Fix using Command Prompt

  • Open command prompt from admin account and type cd %userprofile%
  • Hit Enter
  • Then, type cd OneDrive on command prompt and hit Enter
  • Next, type icacls %userprofile%\OneDrive /inheritance:e and press Enter

Now, you should be able to fix Microsoft Office issues that occurred after Windows 10 upgrade

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About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…