"Background task activation is spurious" when you use an Office 2016 application to access Microsoft 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.


To determine which OneDrive sync client you're using, see Which OneDrive sync client am I using?.

In a Windows 10 environment, you use your Microsoft 365 work or school account to access Microsoft 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 Microsoft 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.

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