Fixed- Something went wrong We couldn’t start your program Office 2016

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If you are unable to open Office 2016 applications and get this error message:

Something went wrong We couldn't start your program. Please try starting it again. If it won't start, try repairing Office from ‘Programs and Features‘ in the Control Panel.

Something went wrong  We couldn't start your program.

Check Microsoft Office Click-to-Run Service

Description: Manages resource coordination, background streaming, and system integration of Microsoft Office products and their related updates. This service is required to run during the use of any Microsoft Office program, during initial streaming installation and all subsequent updates.

It should be set to Manual and should be able to start.

  1. Go to Computer Management -> Services And Applications -> Services and look for Microsoft Office Click-to-Run Service

    Microsoft Office Click To Run Service Check 1
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  2. Verify that it is not Disabled. It should be set to Manual. It is started by Office 2016 applications.

    If it is set to manual try to run it manually and verify that it starts. If there is a problem check Windows Log for errors.

    If you have problem starting service please write it in comments section or contact me here. I will try to help you further.

    If there is a problem with user, go to properties of this service, Log On tab and make sure that Log on as: is set to Local System account

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12 Comments
  1. Manuel Fernandez says

    I have applied the suggested solution and it does work. But that if not the problem. The problem is that this error repeats itself time and time again, even when the program is re-installed. In my case it is happening everyday. Isn’t there a solution that is permanently valid?

    1. Sebastian Expert says

      hi, have you checked if start option for the office service is set to ‘automatic’?

    2. Sebastian Expert says

      hi, you could try to set office service ‘Startup Type’ to ‘Automatic’

  2. JJFFY says

    Thank You. You my savior. Getting tired from re-installing but by learning this today makes it the best solution in the planet.

  3. Fiona says

    Thank you so much – mine had become disabled and therefore would not run. This was a quick fix once I found this post. Unlike the advice/blog on the Microsoft site

  4. Dobreel says

    Seba, thank you, my friend. I had not been using Office for a week or two. And now that I needed it, I get this pop-up and start googling for a solution. Found it here. 🙂

  5. Dobreel says

    Seba, thank you, my friend. I had not been using Office for a week or two. And now that I needed it, I get this message and start googling to find a solution. And found it here. 🙂

  6. Oscar Luna says

    thank you so much

  7. Lucy says

    very helpful solutions and thank you so much

  8. Anonymous says

    same here, it doesn’t work

  9. Solairol says

    Hello,
    Very usefull information, I solve my outlook 2013 problem ” Something went wrong We couldn’t start your program” with the solution you provided in this page.
    Thanks a lot.

    Solairol

  10. Krisna says

    i have down follow your stap by step but my problem still error. thanks a lot before.

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