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I have a workflow which is still working fine but when I click the workflow to check the history log. It gives this error:

"Sorry, Something Went Wrong.. We can't find that Workflow. Completed instances are automatically cleaned up after 30 days" enter image description here

I have replicated the error in the new list. I had a few extra columns which were used in the workflow but subsequently were deleted from the list.
Workflow references for the fields were removed/republished and you get this error. What I have tried already:

  1. Removing the workflow from the list completely and reactivate/attaching
  2. Recreated the deleted columns
  3. Recreating the workflow (copy/paste)

I do not know how to fix this? Any guidance would be much appreciate.

  • The workflow history you are trying to view was deleted workflow one? – Venkat Konjeti Jun 30 '17 at 17:57
  • I can't be as I can reached the history list via url...very strange when you delete a column previously used in the WF this is when this error comes. – SharePointer Jun 30 '17 at 18:09
  • When you remove a workflow it will delete the associated workflow column but the workflow history still have those records for 30 days. – Venkat Konjeti Jun 30 '17 at 18:21
  • Are you suggesting that I should delete all the records from the history list ? – SharePointer Jun 30 '17 at 18:22
  • I am giving you the information how it works when you delete workflow. Can you explain further what you want to fix here? – Venkat Konjeti Jun 30 '17 at 18:24
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I have managed to resolve this issue by delete all the items from the History List including from the Recycle Bin (it seem that the History List or Workflow somehow maintain a reference to delete columns which was creating this issue).

In one of my test tenants, I had to wait for about 24 hours after deleting items from the history list to get this fixed.

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