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  • "side by side" error in Excel 2010

    When opening Excel it crashes stating there is an "side by side" error, event ID 59.

    here's the dialog box: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL,EXE The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail"

    Following is from the event log:

    Activation content generation failed for "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE.Manifest" on line 0. Invalid Xml syntax.

    Also PowerPoint opens OK but when trying to open a file it says that there is a problem with the content of the file. Attempts to repair don't work. The file opens on other systems so it is not the file.

    I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the C++ packages with no help. Any help would be appreciated.