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How to Fix “VCRUNTIME140.dll” is Missing Error on Windows 10 – Tutorial 2020

vcruntime140.dll, Microsoft® C Runtime Library Missing

Errors related to vcruntime140.dll can arise for a few different different reasons. For instance, a faulty application, vcruntime140.dll has been deleted or misplaced, corrupted by malicious software present on your PC or a damaged Windows registry.

The most commonly occurring error messages are:

  • The program can’t start because vcruntime140.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
  • There was a problem starting vcruntime140.dll. The specified module could not be found.
  • Error loading vcruntime140.dll. The specified module could not be found.
  • The code execution cannot proceed because vcruntime140.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem.
  • vcruntime140.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vender for support.

In the vast majority of cases, the solution is to properly reinstall vcruntime140.dll on your PC, to the Windows system folder. Alternatively, some programs, notably PC games, require that the DLL file is placed in the game/application installation folder.

Additional details about vcruntime140.dll

VCRUNTIME140.dll is one of the runtime libraries for Microsoft Visual Studio (Visual C++) 2015/2017/2019. Visual C++ runtime libraries are used for running programs developed in Microsoft Visual Studio.

Even if using a 64bit Windows system, many programs are still 32bit.
32bit programs uses 32bit dll files, 64bit programs uses 64bit dll files.
On a 64bit Windows system, programs installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\ are most likely 32bit, and programs installed in C:\Program Files\ are most likely 64bit.
Make sure to use a 32bit DLL-file for a 32bit program, and a 64bit DLL-file for a 64bit program. Failure to do so will likely result in a 0xc000007b error.
Re-start your computer, and try to recreate the error to see if it has been resolved.
If placing the dll file in the program folder does not help, place a copy of the file in Windows default dll directory.
On a 64bit version of Windows, the default folder for 32bit DLL-files is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ , and for 64bit dll-files C:\Windows\System32\ .
Make sure to overwrite any existing files (but make a backup copy of the original file).
Re-start your computer, and try to recreate the error to see if it has been resolved.


Step 1

  • Open the zip-file you downloaded from DLL-files.com .
  • Extract the DLL-file to a location on your computer.

If you are unsure about how to extract your zip-file we recommend using File Viewer Plus 3. With it you can open your zip-file as well as over 300 other file formats (like video, music, images, pdf etc.) It’s a handy tool to keep around.

  • After extracting your zip-file, place the extracted DLL-file in the directory of the program that is requesting the file. Make sure to use a 32bit DLL-file for a 32bit program, and a 64bit DLL-file for a 64bit program. Failure to do so will likely result in a 0xc000007b error.

Step 2

If that does not help your problem, place the file to your system directory.

By default, this is

C:\Windows\System (Windows 95/98/Me),

C:\WINNT\System32 (Windows NT/2000), or

C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10).

On a 64bit version of Windows, the default folder for 32bit DLL-files is C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ , and for 64bit dll-files C:\Windows\System32\ .

Make sure to overwrite any existing files (but make a backup copy of the original file).

Reboot your computer.

Step 3

If the problem still occurs, try the following to register the DLL-file:

For 32bit DLL-files on a 32bit Windows, and for 64bit DLL-files on a 64bit Windows:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
    • To do this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click “Command Prompt”, and then click Run as administrator.
    • In Windows 8/10, go to the Start screen. Start typing cmd and Windows will find “Command Prompt”. Right click “Command Prompt” and choose “Run as administrator”.
    • If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
  2. Type regsvr32 “filename”.dll and press Enter.

Registering 32bit DLL-files on a 64bit Windows:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt, as instructed above.
  2. In the command prompt, start by typing following and press enter:
    • cd c:\windows\syswow64\
  3. then type the following and press enter:
    • regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\”filename”.dll

Finally, reboot your PC one last time to refresh the memory. That should do it!

If your issue has not been resolved by these suggestions, you might need to re-install the Microsoft visual C++ Redistributable packages, which can be found at the Microsoft support page;

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