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We have a number of worflows on numerous list's, and they have recently detached them selves from the list , by that i mean that they no longer appear in the workflows area. Also they have stopped and not sent the emails that we built into them.

I looked in the Log and found this error: AutoStart Workflow: System.ArgumentException: New instances of this workflow template are currently disallowed.

From time to time they will also duplicate.

Does anyone have an idea what might be causing this as it is a urgent and serious issue?

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Hi Thomas, please correct me if I have misunderstand your question - Your workflows for many different list recently just disappear from the workflow folder and before that, they actually duplicate themselves causing the error to occur. – Wilson Tan Sep 16 '11 at 8:22
ran into this problem today and also looking for a solution. On a list the button to run a workflow manually has dissapeared. The workflow should run automatically when something is entered into a list. – Naeem Sarfraz Jan 20 '12 at 17:22
Our users reported this on SharePoint 2007 too. Looking into the issue as well. Workflow still associated, new instances allowed but still the message in ULS says the contrary - "New instances ... disallowed" – Alexey Krasheninnikov Nov 14 '13 at 18:10
Going to try increasing batch size and threshold – Alexey Krasheninnikov Nov 14 '13 at 18:59

I ran into same issue recently. I found out that When workflow instance that attached with list, workflow has multiple version. You can check it from workflow settings in the ribbon of the list.

When I go deep down I found that those previous version have disabled new instance. you can check it in add or remove workflow section in workflow settings.

When We try to auto start workflow, It try to start all instance. In my case, I complete all other instance and remove them to solve this error.

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