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Offline Frands

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Officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe Fix
« on: June 11, 2017, 11:14:02 AM »
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If you run Windows 10, you may have noticed a popup window being launched on the screen once a day, or even regularly. It is spawned, and immediately closed again. This makes it difficult to understand what spawns it, why it is launched, and whether it is something that you need to be concerned about.
One of the issues of this is that you may be thrown out of fullscreen applications when that happens. Several users of Windows 10 reported that they get the window every hour or so, and that it makes playing games a nightmare because of that.
The file that gets executed every hour or so is called officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe, and you find it under C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe. If you log processes on your system for instance, you may notice that this is the case on your Windows 10 device.

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Re: Officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe Fix
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 01:24:20 PM »
Good find, Frands!

It should be noted this appears to be for Office 2016 only, not previous versions of Office. Also, as seen here (in first reply), a fix was released by Microsoft on June 6th and is available now for Office Insiders. For those willing to wait it out, the fix will be pushed out as part of a normal update in the near future.

Now that we know it is harmless and not something we need to be concerned about, I recommend just waiting until it is distributed through normal Office Update channels.

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Re: Officebackgroundtaskhandler.exe Fix
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 03:41:33 PM »
Thanks Digerati! Also thanks for your note that it is only for Office 2016...I forgot to tell about that ::) . Also the fix for regular users will be pushed out medio June. So make sure your Office 2016 is set to Automatic Update. Also you may check for updates manually inbetween the local cloudbursts.
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