What does grooveex.dll do exactly?


I have strong evidence supporting that Office16/root/grooveex.dll is related to Adobe CreativeCloud Applications repeatedly crashing when trying to open the windows file picker. It is loaded by teh Adobe application via KERNELBASE.dll. When I rename grooveex.dll, the problem disappears.

I have already found out that grooveex.dll is apparently related to former "Groove Virtual Offices" that has been bought by Microsoft and integrated into Onedrive for Business / Sharepoint.

I'd now like to know the consequences of renaming grooveex.dll, such that it cannot be loaded anymore by Adobe applications and causing them to crash. Will OneDrive for Business / Sharepoint integration still work as expected? What is grooveex.dll for in general? (please, no file.net links and such).


Hi Xaser,

The grooveex.dll is an application extension for OneDrive for Business (Groove.exe).

The new OneDrive sync client (OneDrive.exe) doesn’t use this file. As you mentioned that the issue is caused by the grooveex.dll, for this situation, we suggest you exclude the groove.exe when you install Office with Office Deployment Tool. Then you can use the new OneDrive sync client instead of the groove.exe. 



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