Fix – Excel Exe – Bad Image Error Microsoft Office


Recently we had experienced a problem related to Microsoft Office. The client told us she is seeing an error “Excel exe – Bad Image Error” when trying to open and excel file. Surprisingly Word, Powerpoint and other related programs are working fine.  The only application affected is Exel. This article will contain the steps we did to fix this bad image error. Before we begin, it is also important to note windows 10 image error is very common. So if you are using this operating system, chances are you’ll experience this trouble.

More Info about the Bad Image Error

To better solve this issue, it is best to know ‘what does bad image error message mean’. Upon doing our research we have learned that this issue is not only limited to Excel, there were also cases where Microsoft Word or Onenote is also affected.  There were also instances were some users experienced a different error message:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\office14\mso.dll is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error. Try installing  the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.

Upon trying out solutions presented online, it lead to the same error message discussed here. Thus, I suggest when you experienced some problem related to Microsoft office, the very first thing to try is the steps outlined below. I can assure its safe and you don’t have to do any changes in your system or Microsoft program files.

Additionally, online users who experienced this problem often had Windows 10 as operating system and Microsoft Office 2016.

Steps to Fix Microsoft Office Error

First is to access control panel, doing so depends on your Operating System so if you do not know how to get here, there are a lot of guides online. Here is one.  Opening control panel in different OS.

To make sure you can follow everything on this step, view option must be by Category.

Look for the Microsoft Office application on the list you see, then right click on the icon.

After this, you will be prompted with a message if the problem is fixed or not. Most likely, this will fix the problem you experience.

Exel exe error caused by Antivirus Applications

The steps above did not work? There were cases that the issue was caused by an antivirus program especially Kaspersky. So why not try disabling your AV software for a while then redo the steps above. After its done, it should fix the problem. Then you can now enable the antivirus back. If the problem happens again, you need to change the setting of your AV to exclude Microsoft from its list of suspicious applications, or better change the AV you are using especially when you are just using a free one.

The Best Possible Solution to Bad Image Error

If the steps above did not work, the easiest way to fix the error is to use your Microsoft Office installer. That is if you still have the disk with you. If it is, then simply reinstalling the application would solve the issue. It would be best to uninstall the broken application and do a fresh install using the disk you have.


Some important things to know to avoid .exe errors in Microsoft

The first thing you have to avoid is installing programs online especially those that claim to speed up or tune on your computer. Experts say that these applications usually do more harm than good. It can be used though by those with experienced and knowledgeable enough. However, if you are unsure that the application can help improve the performance of your computer or not, it’s best that you don’t install it. Keep in mind that these applications can remove program files even files from your operating system. When this happens, it could result in various issues on your computer.

Were the steps helpful? Looking forward to read your comments below.







I have been a computer and technology enthusiasts since college days where I took up Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Writing started as a hobby till I started earning through it which started last 2014. Since then I have writing and blogging. And also trying to expand my knowledge in the field of online marketing.

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