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Message when starting: PowerPoint has run into an error

Problem

In mid-February, users started to report that when they started PowerPoint, Word or Excel they'd see an error message like:

We're sorry, powerpoint  has run into an error that is preventing it from
working correctly.  Powerpoint will need to be closed as a result.
Would you like to repair?

If they chose to repair, it did no good.

Possible Solution

The apparent cause was a a bad or incomplete automatic Windows 10 update. Some of them found that forcing a manual Windows update fixed the problem. Here's how:


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Last update 21 February, 2019
Created: 21 February, 2019