How to Download and Repair MSN.lnk (3 Step Guide)

Last Updated: 05/08/2020
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Windows File Shortcut files, such as MSN.lnk, are considered a type of Windows Shortcut (Windows File Shortcut) file. They are associated with the LNK file extension, developed by Microsoft for Office 95.

MSN.lnk was first developed on 10/25/2001 in the Windows XP Operating System for Windows XP. On 08/24/1995, version 95 was released for Office 95. MSN.lnk is found in Office 95 and Windows XP.

Please see below for more detailed information, LNK file troubleshooting instructions, and free downloads of different versions of MSN.lnk.

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File Overview


General Information
File Name: MSN.lnk
File Extension: LNK file extension
File Type: Shortcut
Description: Windows File Shortcut
MIME Type: application/octet-stream
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Developer and Software Information
Software Program: Office 95
Developer: Microsoft
Software: Office
Software Version: 95
File Details
File Size (Bytes): 478
Oldest File Date: 04/24/2017
Latest File Date: 05/10/2017


What are MSN.lnk Error Messages?


General MSN.lnk Runtime Errors

MSN.lnk file errors often occur during the startup phase of Office, but can also occur while the program is running. These types LNK errors are also known as “runtime errors” because they occur while Office is running. Here are some of the most common MSN.lnk runtime errors:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\MSOffice\Office\Shortcut Bar\MSN.lnk

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.


Most LNK errors are due to missing or corrupt files. Your MSN.lnk file could be missing due to accidental deletion, uninstalled as a shared file of another program (shared with Office), or deleted by a malware infection. Furthermore, MSN.lnk file corruption could be caused from a power outage when loading Office, system crash while loading or saving MSN.lnk, bad sectors on your storage media (usually your primary hard drive), or malware infection. Thus, it’s critical to make sure your anti-virus is kept up-to-date and scanning regularly.



How to Fix MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk 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 95 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 95

Microsoft Corporation

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 MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk file version. We maintain a comprehensive database of 100% malware-free MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk 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 XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\
    Windows XP: C:\MSOffice\Office\Shortcut Bar\
  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 XP.


GEEK TIP : We must emphasize that reinstalling Windows will be a very time-consuming and advanced task to resolve MSN.lnk 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 MSN.lnk Files (Malware-Tested 100% Clean)


CAUTION : We strongly advise against downloading and copying MSN.lnk to your appropriate Windows system directory. Microsoft typically does not release Office LNK 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 MSN.lnk and all other LNK files for Office. An incorrectly installed LNK file may create system instability and could cause your program or operating system to stop functioning altogether. Proceed with caution.

Windows XP


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