api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing (Fixed)

When running or installing some software (Adobe and Autodesk applications, Skype, Office, etc.) in Windows 7, 8.1 or 8 you may encounter an error message “The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer”.

In this step-by-step tutorial there is a way to download api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file from Microsoft website and fix the above mentioned “is missing” error.

What causes the error

The error message appears when you run apps that require Universal C Runtime (CRT) components to run which are installed by default in Windows 10 but missing from Windows 7 and 8.

api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing error

To fix the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing error there is a special KB2999226 update from Microsoft, that integrates required functions for systems older than Windows 10. Sometimes one should install not only KB2999226 but Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable components as well for the error to be fixed.

How to download api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll and fix the error

There are 2 steps you should take to fix “The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer” error:

  1. Download update for your system from >https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2999226/update-for-universal-c-runtime-in-windows install it and reboot your computer.
  2. If the error wasn’t fixed, download Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Update 3 RC from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52685 (if you have 64-bit system, install both x64 and x86 versions of these components).

After the required updates and components are installed, check if the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing error was fixed.

For some newer games and software you may also need to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable from Microsoft’s website.

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