Solution to Winword.exe Error

File Information

Winword.exe is the executable file of Microsoft Word, a popular word processor developed by Microsoft. If you use Microsoft Office then it is essential that you don’t delete or disable this process.

By default, the file is located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. The file is mainly found in the following file sizes: 12,061,896, 12,295,008, 8,798,260, 12,313,432, 12,148,496, 12,310,864, 10,738,448, 12,053,704, 12,047,560, 12,263,776, 8,826,932, 10,586,696, 12,037,320, 10,623,688, 12,037,688, 12,259,088, 10,571,776, 12,310,368, 10,635,976 bytes.

Error 1

When you try to open Microsoft Word, you receive the following error message:

“WINWORD.exe has generated errors and will be closed by windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.”


There is no fixed solution to resolve this winword.exe error. Shared below is a list of methods that Windows users have found to be useful in fixing this error message.

Method 1 – Delete all files

Use the built-in Search utility to locate all files residing on your computer and delete them.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Click All files and folders.
  4. In the All or part of the file name box type *.dot.
  5. Select Local Hard Drives from the Look in drop-down menu.
  6. Select hidden files and folders under the More Advanced options.
  7. Click Search.

Select all the listed files in the search result and delete all of them.

Note: Windows Vista onward, open the My Computer window and type *.dot in the Search bar on the upper-right corner of the window.

This solution is an easy and effective way to fix the winword.exe error. However, you need to understand that when you use the option, you stand to lose any changes that you have made Word’s settings.

Method 2 – Delete all WinFax templates

If the first step doesn’t work and you have WinFax installed on your computer, you may try deleting all WinFax templates present on your computer to resolve the problem.  The procedure is identical to one listed above, the only difference is that you need to delete files named as

Method 3 – Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Word

Using the built-in Windows uninstaller, Add or Remove Programs, uninstall Microsoft Word, and then reinstall it from your original Microsoft Office installation CD.

  1. Click Start>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Locate and select Microsoft Word.
  3. Click Uninstall.
  4. Insert your Microsoft Office installation CD in your CD-ROM.
  5. Install Microsoft Word.

Error 2

When you press Alt+F4 to quit Word 2000, you receive the following error.

“WINWORD.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program.”


To resolve the above-mentioned winword.exe error, simply download and install the latest service pack for Microsoft 2000.

Winword.exe High CPU Usage Issue

Your computer hangs and when you look at the Windows Task Manager, you find winword.exe is reporting high CPU usage, as much as up to 50%.

The solution to the above problem is simple: you need to download and install the latest Microsoft Office 2000 service pack.