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Fix: Msoadfsb.exe application error

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Microsoft’s Office suite is one of the most popular suites of software in the world with them being used everywhere from corporate offices to schools. However, as much effort as Microsoft has put into these programs, they do give random bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about the Msoadfsb.exe application error, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes the Msoadfsb.exe application error?

Msoadfsb.exe is a Microsoft Office component file that loads up every time you open an Office program. However, if the file is missing or corrupt, you can run into errors. Common causes for this error include:

  • Outdated Microsoft Office version
  • Outdated Windows version
  • Corrupt or missing system files

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How to fix Msoadfsb.exe application error?

Here are seven fixes you can try out.

Launch Office as admin

Running programs with administrator privileges can help resolve any permission errors that might be triggering the issue. 

Check out this detailed guide to know how to launch a program with administrator privileges.

Update Office

Manually updating your Office Suite is also a good idea. That’ll help you get over any stuck or incomplete updates that might’ve been causing the issue. 


Update your PC 

Another thing you should do is to update your PC. Updating your PC will, in most cases, update your drivers and fix any issues in the process.

Check out this detailed guide to know how to update your PC here

Run an SFC scan

Corrupt files are the number one reason why your PC might be behaving weirdly. Here’s how you can get rid of them and potentially resolve your issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + S to bring up the Cortana/Search box and search for Powershell. Open Windows Powershell from the search results.

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Step 2: Type sfc /scannow to scan your system for issues. 

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Step 3: If the SFC scan finds any problem, use the following command to resolve them. 

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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Restart your PC, and the error should’ve been resolved. If that doesn’t help, you can also run a DISM scan to fix any other errors by using this guide


Repair your Office installation

Sometimes, you might have a broken Office installation. Follow these steps to repair your installation.

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for any Office programClick on Uninstall from the right side pane.

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Step 2: Find the Office installation, click it and click the Change button.

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Step 3: You’ll see two options as explained below.

  • Quick Repair: This will work offline and resolve the most common issues with your Outlook Installation. 
  • Online Repair: As the name suggests, this option uses the internet and performs a more thorough installation repair. 
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We recommend trying quick repair first and then moving on to online repair if the former doesn’t solve the error.


Reinstall Office

Reinstalling a program removes any corrupted files that may have been causing issues. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for any Office program. Then, click on Uninstall from the right side pane.

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Step 2: Find the Office installation, click it and click the Uninstall button.

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Once the uninstallation is complete, install the suite again and it should work just fine. 


Run system restore

Lastly, if nothing else works, try restoring your system to a previous point where it was functioning properly. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Reset this PC. Then, launch the Recovery setting from the search results. 

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Step 2: Click on Open System Restore. 

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Step 3: Select the recommended restore point and click the Next button to proceed. 

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Also read: Stuck at ‘Updating Office, please wait a moment’? Here are 11 fixes

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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