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Sharepoint 2010 Workflow Error In Sharepoint 2013 : Errors were found when compiling the workflow. The workflow files were saved but cannot be run. Unexpected error on server associating the workflow

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I am publishing SharePoint 2010 workflow within SharePoint 2013 environment (On premise). Everything worked find until yesterday but now when I publish any workflows using SharePoint 2010 it throws following error:

"Errors were found when compiling the workflow. The workflow files were saved but cannot be run"

When I click on Advanced it shows following error:

"Unexpected error on server associating the workflow"

I have been investigating this error since yesterday without any luck. I have tried the following links but no luck:

http://techvier.blogspot.com/2013/11/spd-2013-error-workflow.html

http://geekswithblogs.net/ferdous/archive/2013/01/29/resolving-sharepoint-workflow-publish-error.aspx

http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2557533/en-us

Not sure on this one. Any idea why this could be happening
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QPR: Yes, I tried these steps along the side with bunch of other steps. Not sure what resolved this issue for me but I was able to publish the workflow on the Server. I think following steps might have contributed in resolving this:
1.Increasing the UserDefinedWorkflowMaximumComplexity to 30000  setting using PowerShell script
2.IISRESET
3.Adding <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="51200" execution Timeout="3600" /> in web.config. Yes, that is "3600" unlike "300" suggested. Please note that there are multiple lines in web.config with <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="51200">. I made this change only in the very first one.
4.IISRESET
5.Removed everything from C:\Users\<userName>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache from my laptop
6. Removed everything from C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SharePoint Designer\ProxyAssemblyCache\ from my laptop
6.Removed everything from C:\Users\<userName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Web Server Extensions\Cache from my laptop
7.IISRESET
8.Restart SharePoint 2013 Designer

All the SharePoint 2010 workflows are not getting published and they are working correctly as needed. Though, it is still unknown that why I could not publish the workflow using my own user account from my laptop which is Windows 7 professional machine.

Maybe someday I might be able to find the cause but for now above mentioned steps did the trick for me.
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The resolution to this issue included multiple solutions. As per my note above. Please mark this question as resolved and close this
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The solution suggested by QPR was one of the step that helped resolve this issue.
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