Sage 300 error: Initializing FR Error (12) when starting Financial Reporter

Error: "Initializing FR Error (12)" when starting Financial Reporter Statement Designer

A recent Microsoft Office® Update for Excel 2016 Professional Edition has created a problem with some Sage 300 (formerly Sage Accpac) installations. Specifically, with Financial Reporting (found in General Ledger > Financial Reporter > Statement Designer). When you start the Statement Designer, you get an FrCom Addin error: "Initializing FR Error (12) : Fail in starting Print Financial Statements".

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Now when you try to do anything in the Statement Designer, such as FR View or FR Paste, nothing happens.

To remedy this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the file MSCOMCTL.ocx in the following folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\VFS\SystemX86 and re-name it to MSCOMCTL.BAK.
  2. Copy the same file from C:\Windows\SysWOW64\MSCOMCTL.ocx to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\VFS\SystemX86 folder.

You may have to reboot the machine, or at least log out and back in, after applying this fix.

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