Word Cannot Start The Converter SSPDFCG_x64

Tim Wu
Tim Wu Last Updated: May 18, 2022


Software: Office 2013 & 2016 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


When attempting to open Word, the following error occurs: 'Word cannot start the converter SSPDFCG_x64.'

[Solution 1] Rename the SSPDFCG_x64 file


  1. Close all Office applications.
  2. Open C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\TextConv.
  3. Rename SSPDFCG_X64.cnv to SSPDFCG_X64.old
  4. Relaunch Word and the error message will be gone.

[Solution 2] Delete the text converters key


  1. Close all Office applications.
  2. Open Run and execute Regedit
  3. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Shared Tools \Text Converters.
  4. Right-click on Text Converters and delete it.
  5. Restart the computer.

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Tim Wu is an author, a professor at Columbia Law School, and a contributing writer for the New York Times.. He has written about technology in numerous publications, and coined the phrase "net neutrality."


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