Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've just installed Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 in Windows XP SP3

When trying to run MS word or any other office app (Excel, PowerPoint), I get the following message: this application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect

This also happens with other applications, for instance, Acrobat Reader.

A bit of Googling around this error message suggests that this might be due to a mismatch of library versions. In fact, most of the articles and forum messages I found mention a programmer writing an application in Visual C++ and sending it to someone else, who then runs into that error. This is hardly my case !

I looked into Office's files and the manifest file for Excel suggests that Office is trying to use Microsoft VC80.CRT version 8.0.50608.0. However, in my Windows System folder, I can only find the assemblies for 8.0.50727.762

My next step will be trying to find version 8.0.50608.0. How can I find and download it ?

share|improve this question

You can download Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) 8.0.50608.0 from <>

share|improve this answer

this is the actual download for 8.0.50608.0. The above post is for SP1 which is 8.0.50727.762.

share|improve this answer

Actually it appears Microsoft has provided the 8.0.50727.42 installer here. No luck so far in finding a download for 8.0.50608.0.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .