Whenever I attempt to open an existing document using Word 2016 on my Windows 10 computer, I encounter an error:

Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable.

Although I am able to edit and save the document without any issues, the error message persists in the background and produces an annoying sound every time I open a document. I have attempted to create a new document in Word and successfully save it, but upon reopening the file, the same error message appears.

In my search for a solution, I have come across articles that suggest using regedit to verify that the Cache environment variable is set correctly.

I have confirmed that my variable is set to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache, which is the recommended setting. However, I have noticed that the aforementioned location is marked as read-only in Windows, which strikes me as unusual.

I am unsure whether this is a normal occurrence or if it is related to my problem. Has anyone recently found a solution to this error message?

Askify Moderator Edited question May 3, 2023