Error - Embedded Object - Excel Spreadsheet (Object Failed to activate)

-Microstation SS3

-Windows 7 (32bit)

I had recently received a file done by a consultant, on the final version of the drawing I got the spread sheet gave me this message (see below) instead of opening in excel. The consultant had claimed that on their side it was opening just fine. After several failed attempts from them to fix it I had to have them send me the excel file and had to re-embed the sheet. At this point it worked for both of us.

I have had a lot of different embedded files and I think this was the first real issue I've had. I've seen simple spreadsheets, formula heavy spreadsheets, protected spreadsheets, photo's and once even a word document as embedded files. 

Has anyone else gotten this message when attempting to open an embedded spread sheet?