I'm trying to create a list workflow in SharePoint designer 2013. When I click on the OK button it gives me the error.

Server Side activities have been updated. You need to restart SharePoint Designer to use the updated version of activities.

I have restarted spd, and my computer. Is there anyone else who has run into this issue? Thanks

  • you should uninstall workflow manager client 1.0.
    – user43249
    Jun 13, 2015 at 15:54
  • Is this a dead thread? I have the same problem, and have found no solutions anywhere yet. And in line with Bob Elander above, I find the problem is with SP2013 workflows. I do not have workflow manager installed. I've uninstalled and re-installed SPD many times, cleared cache, etc. I've tried everything and I have yet to see any solution to this problem... Jun 27, 2017 at 12:43
  • When you create a new workflow choose "SharePoint 2010 Workflow" in "Platform Type"
    – Jean Leles
    Sep 18, 2017 at 17:53

7 Answers 7


Try uninstalling SPDesigner and then removing the following folders.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SharePoint Designer

Reboot and then re-install with the latest version.

This cured it for me, seems to have issues with roaming profiles from time to time.


I have the same issue, when I have SPD 2013 x64 installed on my server. I have installed SPD 2013 x32 on a different machine, and I was able to create 2014 workflows. I am not sure if moving to a different machine or using another version (32bit vs 64bits) version solved the problem.

I hope this helps...


Copy Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServices.Activities.Proxy.dll assembly to WebsiteCache folder (%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache{Site Name}\




can you upload the file Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServices.Activities.Proxy.dll to resolve this problem

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May be I am late to answer here, but I was facing same problem and i found exact solution, the actual culprit is Workflow client installed with Visual studio. Just uninstall it from Program and Features in control panel


I have suffered the same fate with SPD 2013 and SharePoint online. None of the suggestions above have worked but when I choose Platform Type: SharePoint 2010 it works fine. Does not for Platform Type: SharePoint 2013.


How to install the SharePoint Designer 2013 latest version.

  1. Clearing the cache

    Removed contents from

    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SharePoint Designer\ProxyAssemblyCache C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebsiteCache C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Web Server Extensions\Cache

    Unchecked "Cache site data across SharePoint Designer sessions" in SPD Application Options

    1. Try uninstalling SPDesigner and then removing the following folders.

      C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SharePoint Designer

      • Reboot and then re-install with the latest version in below order.

      Order of installation 1. SharePoint Designer 64-bit (sharepointdesigner2013_64bit.exe) File Version: 15.0.4420.1017

      SharePoint Designer Service Pack 1 (spdsp2013-kb2817441-fullfile-x64-en-us.exe) File Version: 15.0.4569.1506

      Security Update for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 (spd2013-kb2863836-fullfile-x64-glb.exe ) File Version: 15.0.4615.1001

      Update for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 ( spd2013-kb3114337-fullfile-x64-glb.exe) File Version: 15.0.4787.1000

      Update for Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 (spd2013-kb3114721-fullfile-x64-glb.exe) File Version: 15.0.4849.1000

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