Fix: Function address caused a protection fault error

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

However, there are some confirmed fixes for the Function address caused a protection fault error.

How can I fix the Function address protection fault error?

1. Change the default printer

  1. Press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Enter ‘control /name Microsoft.DevicesAndPrinters’ in the Open box of Run, and select the OK option.
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  3. Right-click the printer you want to print MS Office documents with 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.
    • To do that, open Run.
  5. Input ms-settings:printers in the Open box, and press the Enter key.
  6. Deselect the Allow Windows to manage my default printer option shown directly below if that checkbox is selected. Allow Windows to manage my default printer option printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  7. Then open the MS Office application, and try to print a document.

2. Update the printer’s driver

  1. To update the print drivers, open the Driver Booster 7 page in a browser.
  2. Click the Free Download button on that page.
  3. Add Driver Booster 7 to Windows with the downloaded setup wizard.
  4. Launch the Driver Booster 7 software, which will start scanning automatically. Driver Booster 7 printer properties function address caused a protection fault error
  5. The Driver Booster 7 scan will list antiquated or faulty drivers that need replacing. If there are any printer drivers listed, click the Update Now button.

3. Roll Windows back to a System Restore point

The Function address caused a protection fault error might also be due to corrupted system files, which System Restore could fix by rolling the platform back to an earlier time.

  1. Open Run’s window.
  2. Input rstrui in the Open 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

By following these steps you will fix the Function address caused a protection fault error for some users. Then users can print from MS Office again with that error resolved.

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

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