DSSM.EXE Runtime Errors: Download and Troubleshoot

Last Updated: 09/03/2018
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Microsoft Office Document Update Utility files such as DSSM.EXE utilize the EXE file extension. This file is considered a Win32 EXE (Executable application) file, and was first created by Microsoft for the Microsoft Office Document Update Utility software package.

The first version of DSSM.EXE was released for the Windows XP Operating System on 08/19/2003 inside Office 2003. The most recent release for Office 2007 launched on 01/30/2007 [version 12.0.4518.1014 release]. DSSM.EXE is included in Windows Vista and Windows XP versions.

In this article, you will find detailed DSSM.EXE information, a EXE file troubleshooting guide, and a list of versions that are available for free download.

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File Overview

General Information
File Name: DSSM.EXE
File Extension: EXE file extension
Description: Microsoft Office Document Update Utility
Object File Type: Executable application
File Operating System: Windows NT 32-bit
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
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Developer and Software Information
Software Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Software Program: Microsoft Office Document Update Utility
Legal Copyright: © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
File Details
Character Set: Windows, Latin1
Language Code: Neutral
File Flags: (none)
File Flags Mask: 0x003f
Entry Point: 0x158c2
Code Size: 91136

What are DSSM.EXE Error Messages?

DSSM.EXE Runtime Errors

Runtime errors are Office errors that occur during "runtime". Runtime is pretty self-explanatory; it means that these EXE errors are triggered when DSSM.EXE is attempted to be loaded either when Office is starting up, or in some cases already running. Runtime errors are the most common form of EXE error you will encounter using Office.

In most cases, DSSM.EXE runtime errors occurring while the program is running will result in the program terminating abnormally. Most of these DSSM.EXE error messages mean that Office was either unable to locate this file on startup, or the file is corrupt, resulting in a prematurely-aborted startup process. Generally, Office will be unable to start without resolving these errors.

Some of the most common DSSM.EXE errors include:

  • DSSM.EXE - Bad Image.
  • DSSM.EXE Application Error.
  • DSSM.EXE could not be found.
  • DSSM.EXE could not be installed.
  • DSSM.EXE could not be launched. Class not registered.
  • DSSM.EXE could not be started.
  • DSSM.EXE failed to initialize properly.
  • DSSM.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • DSSM.EXE is not a valid Win32 application.
  • DSSM.EXE is not running.
  • Cannot find DSSM.EXE.
  • Error starting program: DSSM.EXE.
  • Faulting Application Path: DSSM.EXE.
  • The file DSSM.EXE is missing or corrupt.
  • Windows failed to start - DSSM.EXE.
System Error

The program can’t start because DSSM.EXE is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

Finding the source of the DSSM.EXE error is key to properly resolving these errors. Although most of these EXE errors affecting DSSM.EXE will happen during startup, occasionally you will encounter a runtime error while using Microsoft Office Document Update Utility. This can occur due to poor programming on behalf of Microsoft Corporation, conflicts with other software or 3rd-party plug-ins, or caused by damaged and outdated hardware. Also, these types of DSSM.EXE errors can occur if it has been accidentally moved, deleted, or corrupted by a malware infection. Thus, it's critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.

How to Fix DSSM.EXE Errors in 3 Steps (Time to complete: ~5-15 minutes)

If you're encountering one of the error messages above, follow these troubleshooting steps to resolve your DSSM.EXE issue. These troubleshooting steps are listed in the recommended order of execution.

Step 1: Restore your PC back to the latest restore point, "snapshot", or backup image before error occurred.

To begin System Restore (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. When you see the search box, type "System Restore" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click System Restore.
  4. Please enter the administrator password (if applicable / prompted).
  5. Follow the steps in the System Restore Wizard to choose a relevant restore point.
  6. Restore your computer to that backup image.

If the Step 1 fails to resolve the DSSM.EXE error, please proceed to the Step 2 below.

Step 2: If recently installed Office (or related software), uninstall then try reinstalling Office software.

You can uninstall Office software by following these instructions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Uninstall" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the search results, find and click "Add or Remove Programs"
  4. Find the entry for Office 2007 and click "Uninstall"
  5. Follow the prompts for uninstallation.

After the software has been fully uninstalled, restart your PC and reinstall Office software.

If this Step 2 fails as well, please proceed to the Step 3 below.

Office 2007

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Step 3: Perform a Windows Update.

When the first two steps haven't solved your issue, it might be a good idea to run Windows Update. Many DSSM.EXE error messages that are encountered can be contributed to an outdated Windows Operating System. To run Windows Update, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Hit the Windows Start button
  2. In the search box, type "Update" and press "ENTER".
  3. In the Windows Update dialog box, click "Check for Updates" (or similar button depending on your Windows version)
  4. If updates are available for download, click "Install Updates".
  5. After the update is completed, restart your PC.

If Windows Update failed to resolve the DSSM.EXE error message, please proceed to next step. Please note that this final step is recommended for advanced PC users only.

If Those Steps Fail: Download and Replace Your DSSM.EXE File (Caution: Advanced)

If none of the previous three troubleshooting steps have resolved your issue, you can try a more aggressive approach (Note: Not recommended for amateur PC users) by downloading and replacing your appropriate DSSM.EXE file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free DSSM.EXE files for every applicable version of Office. Please follow the steps below to download and properly replace you file:

  1. Locate your Windows operating system version in the list of below "Download DSSM.EXE Files".
  2. Click the appropriate "Download Now" button and download your Windows file version.
  3. Copy this file to the appropriate Office folder location:
    Windows Vista: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\
    Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\
  4. Restart your computer.

If this final step has failed and you're still encountering the error, you're only remaining option is to do a clean installation of Windows Vista.

GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve DSSM.EXE problems. To avoid data loss, you must be sure that you have backed-up all of your important documents, pictures, software installers, and other personal data before beginning the process. If you are not currently backing up your data, you need to do so immediately.

Download DSSM.EXE Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)

CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying DSSM.EXE to your appropriate Windows system directory. Microsoft typically does not release Office EXE files for download because they are bundled together inside of a software installer. The installer's task is to ensure that all correct verifications have been made before installing and placing DSSM.EXE and all other EXE files for Office. An incorrectly installed EXE file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

Windows Vista
Windows XP

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