See how to fix "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" while starting Microsoft Access 2013 in Windows 10.

Microsoft Access is the database management application that you receive as a component of Microsoft Office suite. It can handle various kind of database and proved very helpful when it comes to tackle lots of data. However, in case the run-time libraries required to run this application conflict other libraries of C language components installed on your system, the Access won’t be able to start.

In such scenario, you’re likely to receive following error:

This file association does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Association control panel.

Else, you may receive this one which gives more hint to solve this problem:

The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.

The Application Has Failed To Start Because Its Side-By-Side Configuration Is Incorrect

As mentioned the conflicting file, C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\MSACCESS.EXE.Manifest may have issues with other files located on your system. Also when you see the error logs, you’ll find there are two sub-component files which are actual root cause for this problem.

So without going much depth in technical, here are the easiest steps you have to follow in order to fix this hiccup:

FIX : The Application Has Failed To Start Because Its Side-By-Side Configuration Is Incorrect

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.


2. In the left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate here:


The Application Has Failed To Start Because Its Side-By-Side Configuration Is Incorrect

3. In the right pane of 9.0 key, you must be able to locate (Default) named registry string (REG_SZ). Double click on this registry string and you’ll get Edit String box shown below. Put its Value data as the highest number that is available in Name section. In our case, as you can see its 9.0.30729.8387. However, in your case it may be different number but just remember that you’ve to put highest number among Name column, whatever it is. Click OK.

The Application Has Failed To Start Because Its Side-By-Side Configuration Is Incorrect

You may now close Registry Editor and reboot the machine, try to start Microsoft Access then. You’ll find that this time Access start without any issue or error message.

That’s it! Go here to check how to show or hide total editing time in Office 2013.


  • it worked like charm thanked man!

  • I followed the same steps. But it didn’t work for me.
    It is showing the same message

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Are you also facing same error with Access or any other software?

  • Tried it just like you said. same result as before. Access could not open …

  • Thanks for the quick reply…NOT!

  • So I followed all these steps and once I went to the last locations there were no other files or anything along with (Default) REG_SZ 9.0 … What would I put then? Or does that mean I have another problem. I’m using a surface 3 running windows 8.1

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What’s the value corresponding to (Default)?

  • The default value is already same as the highest value, is that a problem or good thing.
    it its a problem, pls tell me how to solve it

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, the problem should be solved by itself :)

  • Hi Kapil: I am trying to open my ‘PDF decrypter’ and got the side by side message in my Win 10 PC. Program was working fine with win 7.
    Should I follow the same steps that you have suggested ??

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can go ahead with the steps.

  • i have side by side configuration in K7 total security.what should i do sir?.pls reply

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you tried the steps mentioned here?

  • The default value is already the same and only one application is still having the error.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If all other apps are working fine, and the issue is only with one app, you can ask its vendor for additional support 😊

  • Hey my music,videos and my game is not starting because its side by side configuration is incorrect plz help me

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can try the steps mentioned in article. If issue is only of libraries, try the steps mentioned here and see if it helps you:

  • Kapil my files are still not working ots also say that
    Please see the application event log or use the command line sxstrace.exe tool for more details plz help me

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, go ahead with command line tool and post the extracted log by creating new thread at MS Answers. The log analysts present there can help you further in this regard.

  • All my applications don’t work, as well as my internet, although it’s connected. I followed the steps above and the Default was already de highest number.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you’re concerned with built-in apps on Windows 10, try resetting them:

  • It doesn’t work for me. Installed samsung smart switch and when opening the installation file, that error appears

  • Doesn’t work. Already set to highest…grr

  • Hello Kapil Arya,
    yes you are right this steps may fix the problem. I spent some hours to find the way how to deal with it but as I can see I’m not only one who has still problem with some app. In my case it is Samsung Smart Switch and Samsung Kies. I was following your steps but the default value is already same as the highest value and believe or not error is still there :-). I tried some another steps what I have found on youtube as installing newest version of .NET framework and C++ unfortunately no way how to run these Samsung apps. Any idea what to do ?

  • very good

  • It says under Data – (Value Not Set)

  • tried but it didn’t fix my issue at all… the program was working fine just yesterday. (Steam)

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