Fix Microsoft Word WinWord.exe Application Error in Windows 10

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 while trying to open the application, they get the following error:

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


The Application Was Unable To Start Correctly (0xc0000715). Click Ok To Close The Application.


The issue also occurs with Microsoft Outlook if Microsoft Word files are attached to the emails in its profile. Microsoft launched an update to fix the problem, however, it won’t work if the .dll files associated with the suite are already corrupt.


The causes behind the issue are as follows:

1] Problems with the user profile.

2] The office suite has gone corrupt.

3] Some third party anti-virus software could be interfering with the process.

4] Malware or virus in the system.

5] Missing files in the Microsoft Office suite.

Preliminary steps

1] Update Windows: Microsoft has launched a Windows update to fix the issue. Though it doesn’t always fix the problem, it should be the first step.

Check For Updates

2] Run a full system anti virus and anti-malware scan.

3] Uninstall any recently installed suspicious program.

Thereafter, proceed with the following solutions:

1] Restart the WinWord process

2] Repair Microsoft Office

3] Complete reinstall of Microsoft Office


Solution 1] Restart the WinWord process

At times the reason we are unable to open an application is that the previous session wasn’t completed terminated.

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

2] Right-click on the Microsoft Word process and select End process.

End Winword Process

3] Try launching Microsoft Word again.


Solution 2] Repair Microsoft Office

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



2] Locate Microsoft Office in the list.

3] Right-click on the software and click on Change. Then select Repair and run the repair process.

Change Microsoft



Solution 3] Complete reinstall of Microsoft Office

If the above 2 solutions fail, it means that the files needed for Microsoft Word are either corrupt or missing. Thus we would have to reinstall the Microsoft Office package. Here’s the procedure for the same:

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

Uninstall Microsoft Office

2] Install Microsoft Office again.

Hope it helps!

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