the application failed to start because of its side-by-side configuration

Posted on 2012-04-03
Last Modified: 2012-04-15
I have a computer that after it locked up in Microsoft Word 2007, now all applications we try to launch comes up with:

the application failed to start because of its side-by-side configuration is incorrect

Even in safe mode logged into as admin...

It is running Windows 7 64-bit.  

I really do not want to have to reinstall if possible. I have looked through several of the fixes on this site, but they seem to address just one app.  I can't run any app.
Question by:Bob Vaal
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Expert Comment

ID: 37803343
(a). Use the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to determine which file is causing the issue, and then replace the file. To do this, follow these steps:

    Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
    Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

sfc /scannow

The sfc /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.


·         More Infoermation about SFC scan can be found in this document:

Expert Comment

ID: 37803359
Here is also some directions written by Microsoft, that may help -

Author Comment

by:Bob Vaal
ID: 37803555
Ran SFC and it found corrupt files it could not fix - see attached log.
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Author Comment

by:Bob Vaal
ID: 37803572
The second link I have already tried, as I said this was for ACCESS whre ALL of my apps fail to start. Not just one.

Expert Comment

ID: 37803857
Have you tried re-running Service Pack?

Accepted Solution

Bob Vaal earned 0 total points
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Ended up backing up data, formatting the drive and reloading W7.  Thanks for the suggestions just didn't have time to see if there was a fix.

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by:Bob Vaal
ID: 37847966
Ended up backing up data, formatting the drive and reloading W7.

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