Error Code 3-1 Installing Microsoft Office

Error Code 3-1 of Microsoft Office commonly occurs because of an existing installation of MS Office pack in your computer system. Please note that this error is relevant to all the editions of Microsoft Office 2013, office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365. This error code while installing or updating the Microsoft Office may occur in case of Network or firewall restriction. The network rules or firewall rules in the network/computer may block the installation of Office program.

Office Error Code 3-1 Solutions

This can occur in the below enlisted versions of the MS Operating System

  • Windows Server Edition of the year 2012/2008
  • Windows 7 /8 /8.1/10

You can also check the event log for more information about office installation errors by selecting the event source VSTO4.0 from windows applications logs. Here providing some example screenshots of how to check log and office licensing event issues.

Indications of the Error Code 3-1

It is noteworthy that the detection of the Error Code 3-1 in the earlier stages of the installation process can help you save a lot of time and effort. And there is no requirement of being a techno savvy to detect the early warning signs of this kind of error.

The Following are Certain Critical Signs of Error Code 3-1 

  • The installation process of Microsoft Office will stop in an abrupt
  • An error message will be displayed on your screen when you open office 365/2010/2013 program every time
  • The performance of your computer becomes slow and often hangs

How does this Office Error Code 3-1 appear?

When it comes to the technical failures, then there can be a multiple number of factors contributing to the occurrence of this kind of installation error code 3-1. They are given below

  1. Slow speed of the Internet while installing Office program that may pause the background installation process abruptly
  2. A previous Office installation that failed or corrupt
  3. Domain Name System conflict issue (DNS)
  4. The security settings of your computer, software or the firewall blocking the installation process
  5. Proxy Settings that are active on your computer
  6. The pre-existing versions of the Office Suite
  7. Failed Repair/Change/Partial/Removal/Incomplete/Installation of Office Suite

How to Fix Error Code 3-1?

  1. Turn-off the firewall settings and anti-virus
  2. Remove the temp files
  3. Perform the system file scanning
  4. Repair/remove the installed office software
  5. Update the pending software patches from Microsoft
  6. Re-install the office package from MS account

1.Turn-off windows firewall

Firstly, it is advisable to TURN OFF all the security settings, including the Firewall and security software. Then, if you have an antivirus security software installed in your computer, then TURN OFF the same on a temporary basis.

2.Remove the temp files

  • Go to path C:\Windows\Temp
  • Select all files and click on delete
  • Type %temp% in start menu search bar
  • Delete all files , you can skip files that are running in the background

3.Perform the sfc scan

  • Click on the Start button
  • Type CMD
  • Right click and run as an ADMINISTRATOR
  • Type the command SFC /SCANNOW in the command window and 
  • Press <ENTER>
    SFC Scan

It will take some time to finish the scanning process if it shows any errors in the results you need to do proper action suitable to the error.

4.Repair/Remove existing office software 

If the error code 3-1 still persists, please do Repair to the existing or half installed Office package on your computer. Then, proceed with the installation of Office 365 Suite or Office 2013.

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1

  1. Click on the Windows Logo Key, then letter in order to open Run
  2. Insert the Command – ‘Control’ then press Enter
  3. After that, choose ‘Programs and Features’
  4. Then, scroll and click the Office product, then hit the ‘Change’ button given on the top of Window
    error code 3-1
  5. Pick ‘Quick Repair’ option and then click on the ‘Repair’
  6. Once the Repair process is being done, you can expect the Office Suite to work perfectly well
  7. In case the issue remains unresolved, it is recommended to uninstall by following the directions on screen and re-install it

In Windows 10 OS

  1. Type ‘Programs and Features in the search bar beside windows logo
  2. Scroll down and click on the office package from the list, and right click on it to find repair option
  3. Then click on the ‘Repair’
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  4. Once the Repair process is being done, you can expect the Office Suite to work perfectly well
  5. In case the issue remains unresolved, it is recommended to uninstall by following the directions on screen, and re-install it

Steps to Follow Before Re-Installation of Office Software

Now remove office files from C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared (if you found any traces from older version) then re-install the office program from your Microsoft account. For additional support, chat with our online experts to take remote assistance. Finally, If you are still not able to resolve this error code 3-1, we suggest you to chat with our assured experts. I am sure they will give you the best solutions to resolve this error completely. You can also visit our website for more information.

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