Office Source Engine

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Office Source Engine


When you attempt to install, repair, or uninstall Office, you may receive the following error message:

Office Setup encountered a problem with the Office Source Engine, system error: [error number]. Please open SETUP.CHM and look for "Office Source Engine" for information on how to resolve this problem.


This error may occur when you are installing, repairing, or uninstalling Office and one of the following conditions are true:

  • The Office Source Engine (ose.exe) failed to start either because it’s stopped or disabled.
  • The Office Source Engine no longer exists.


To resolve this issue, perform the following steps:

ShowIf the Office Source Engine has been stopped or disabled

ShowIf the Office Source Engine has been deleted

If you have additional questions please contact your system administrator or Microsoft Product Support.