[Solved] Workflow failed to start cancelled by system account SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 designer workflow error Workflow cancelled failed to start

This SharePoint workflow tutorial explains, how we can resolve the SharePoint 2013 designer workflow error which shows as Workflow Cancelled: Workflow <name> was canceled by System Account.
Error: <Workflow Name> failed to start.


In the particular case, we have migrated few SharePoint designer workflows from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013. And when we run the workflows in SharePoint 2013, it gives the above error. If you will go and see the workflow status for each item, you will see something like below:

SharePoint 2013 designer workflow error Workflow cancelled failed to start
workflow failed to start canceled by system account SharePoint 2013

Solution Workflow canceled failed to start

The below solution worked for us.

We saw the workflow was published by the System Account. So we open the designer in another account (full control), just republish the workflow again to the SharePoint 2013 site.

And it worked for us. Basically, we should not publish SharePoint designer 2013 workflow with System Account.


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Hope this will be helpful to resolve Workflow canceled failed to start SharePoint 2013 designer workflow error.

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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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