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"Background task activation is spurious" error when you use an Office 2016 application to access Office 365 resources

This article contains information that applies when you use the OneDrive for Business Next Generation Sync Client (onedrive.exe) or the OneDrive for Business sync client (groove.exe) OneDrive for Business sync client.

Note To determine which OneDrive sync client you're using, see the following Microsoft website:

In a Windows 10 environment, you use your Office 365 work or school account to access Office 365 resources such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, or OneDrive for Business. However, when you start an Office 2016 application or OneDrive for Business, you receive the following error message:  

Background task activation is spurious
To work around this issue, click OK to dismiss the error message, and then access the Office 365 resource again. 
This is a known issue. We're working to address this issue and will post more information in this article when it becomes available.

Still need help? Go to the Office 365 Community website.

Article ID: 3097938 - Last Review: 03/23/2016 20:18:00 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft Office Standard 2016, Microsoft Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Business, Access 2016, Excel 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016, PowerPoint 2016, Microsoft Project Standard 2016, Microsoft Publisher 2016, Visio Professional 2016, Visio Standard 2016, Word 2016, OneDrive for Business

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