Office XP Runtime Errors

The errors that occur when a program is being executed are known as runtime errors. These errors usually point toward bugs that the developers of the programs could not rectify despite knowing about them. For instance, a majority of runtime errors occur when your system runs out of memory. In this article, we are going to discuss runtime errors that may occur after you have installed all or one of the programs from the Microsoft Office XP suite. The runtime errors that may occur are given below.

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program:.. C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\SYSTEM\MOSEARCH\BIN\MOSDMN.EXE abnormal program termination

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library Runtime Error! Program:.. C:\PROGRAM FILES\COMMON FILES\SYSTEM\MOSEARCH\BIN\MOSEARCH.EXE abnormal program termination

These runtime errors occur when one of the programs on your system has a conflict with the Mosdmn.exe—Microsoft Office Search Service and Mosearch.exe—Microsoft Office 10 Search Filter Daemon files. These files are used to the enable fast search feature in various Office XP programs, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Access. The fast search feature uses the Indexing service included in Office XP and creates a list of all Office XP files on your system thereby enabling quick searches for all your Office files. The results displayed are similar to how they are displayed in Internet Explorer.

Resolution Steps

To prevent the runtime errors from occurring and to repair them, you need to first find out the program that is causing the error and then take steps to eliminate the conflict. If this does not work, then you will have to uninstall the fast search feature. Let’s now discuss how to perform both the tasks.
Identify the program causing the conflict

Mosearch.exe and Mosdmn.exe usually load during system startup. Therefore, you need to check if some other startup program running in the background is conflicting with these files and causing the errors. For this, you need to clean boot the system with only MoSearch selected to execute during startup.

Perform the following steps to clean boot your system and identify the conflicting program.

  1. On the ‘Start’ menu, select ‘Run’.
  2. Type ‘msconfig’ in the ‘Open’ box and select ‘OK’.
  3. In the ‘System Configuration Utility’ dialog box, select ‘Selective Startup’.
  4. On the ‘Startup’ tab, select ‘Disable All’ to clear all check boxes. (In Microsoft Windows ME, reselect the ‘StateMgr’ check box.)
  5. Select ‘OK’ and finally select ‘Yes’ to restart your PC.

Next, if during startup the error is displayed, then clear the ‘Process System.ini’ file and ‘Process Win.ini’ file check boxes on the ‘General’ tab of the ‘System Configuration Utility’ dialog box, and restart your PC.

In case the error does not display, then it indicates that the MoSearch program has a conflict with one or more programs loading during system startup. To identify the conflicting program or programs, perform the following steps:

  1. In the ‘System Configuration Utility’ dialog box, select the ‘Startup’ tab.
  2. Select ‘Disable All’ to clear all checked boxes.
  3. Select one of the check boxes from the Startup Item list.
  4. Select OK and then Yes to restart your PC.

If the error is displayed then the selected program is cause of the error. If the error is not displayed then repeat the steps by selecting the next program in the Startup Item list. If an error is displayed after you select a particular program, then this program is the cause of the error.

If you are unable to reproduce the error by following the steps in this method then proceed to the next method.

Uninstall the ‘Support for Fast Searching’ Feature

Follow the steps discussed below to uninstall the ‘Support for fast searching’ feature. The steps may differ based on the Windows operating system installed on your computer.

  1. Close all Office programs running on the system.
  2. Open ‘Control Panel’.
  3. Double-click the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ icon.
  4. On the ‘Change or Remove’ tab of the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ window, select the Microsoft Office option and select ‘Remove’.
  5. In the ‘Maintenance Mode Options’ dialog box, select the ‘Add or Remove Features’ option and select ‘Next’.
  6. Next, select the ‘Choose advanced customization of applications’ check box and click ‘Next’.
  7. Expand ‘Office Tools’, select ‘Support for fast searching’, and then select ‘Not Available’.
  8. Select ‘Update’.
  9. Repeat the above steps if you have more than one Office XP product installed on your computer.
  10. Finally, to implement the change, restart your PC.

Runtime errors are caused by unforeseen problems in programs during execution. In Office XP, runtime errors may occur if the Mosdmn.exe and Mosearch.exe files conflict with some other programs on your system. To rectify this problem, you need to identify the conflicting program by performing a clean boot. If you are unable to find the program or programs causing the problem, then you may have to uninstall the Support for fast searching feature.