FIX: Function address caused a protection fault error

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  • Function address caused a protection fault error occurs when trying to print from MS Office.
  • In this article, you'll find a few solutions that users have successfully tried to fix the issue.
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Fix: Function address caused a protection fault error

Some MS Office users have discussed a Function address caused a protection fault error on software forums.

This is a printer error that arises when they try to print from within MS Office. The error can arise on the Windows 10, 8, and 7 platforms.

Luckily, there are some confirmed fixes for the mentioned error.

How can I fix the function address protection fault error?

1. Update the printer driver

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  1. To update the printer driver, click the DriverFix webpage below.
  2. The tool will download for free.
  3. Install the software following the setup wizard.
  4. Launch DriverFix and it will start scanning automatically.
  5. You’ll get a list of outdated or faulty drivers that need replacing. If there are any printer drivers listed, update them on the spot.

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2. Change the default printer

  1. Press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Enter control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters in the Run box, and click OK.
    Devices and Printers printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  3. Right-click the printer you need and select Set as default printer.
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  4. It might also be a good idea to deselect the Allow Windows to manage my default printer option in Windows 10:
    • Open Run.
    • Input ms-settings:printers in the Run box, and press the Enter key.
    • Deselect the Allow Windows to manage my default printer option if applicable. Allow Windows to manage my default printer option printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  5. Then open the MS Office application, and try to print a document.

3. Roll Windows back to a System Restore point

  1. Open Run’s window.
  2. Input rstrui in the text box and click OK to open System Restore.
  3. Press the Next button to open a list of restore points.
  4. Select the Show more restore points checkbox.System Restore utility printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  5. Select a restore point that will roll Windows back to a time when MS Office didn’t return the error. (If in doubt, just select the earliest restore point you can).
  6. Restoring Windows to a previous date will remove software installed after the selected day.
    • To check what software gets removed for a restore point, click the Scan for affected programs button.System Restore software removal list printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  7. Click Close to exit the Scan for affected programs window.
  8. Click the Next and Finish options to roll back Windows to the restore point selected.
  9. Restart Windows.

If the error is caused by corrupted system files, a System Restore could fix it by rolling the platform back to an earlier time.

By following these steps you will fix the Function address caused a protection fault error and resume printing from MS Office.

If you have fixed the same issue with an alternative resolution, feel free to share it in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2020 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in February 2020 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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