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I downloaded and installed Wordperfect Office X6 home & student

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I downloaded and installed Wordperfect Office X6 home & student to my windows 8 laptop. I get the following error message:

This application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect.

What should I do?
Hello and thank you for using this service.

The side by side error usually indicates that common libraries installed by multiple programs are interfering with one another.

From Control Panel > Programs and Features uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable x86

Re-install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable x86 from

Try to open WordPerfect X6 and let me know if you still get any errors.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Maggie -- I did as you suggested, then rebooted after reinstalling the Visual C++ software. That did it--WordPerfect opened right up. Thanks so much.


BTW -- your instructions did not mention rebooting; I tried opening Wordperfect prior to rebooting, and got the same error message as before.

That's great. You are very welcome and thank you for letting me know a reboot was needed. Should you have any queries relating to this one you can return to this page at anytime for no extra charge.

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