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msvcr120.dll is missing — how to download msvcr120.dll and fix the error

If you start some program or game (eg, Rust, Euro Truck Simulator, Bioshock, Dayz, etc) and see a System Error message saying that the program can’t start because MSVCR120.dll is missing from your computer, here is how you can safely download the file from official Microsoft website and fix the error then. This error can occur in Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 (32 and 64 bit).

Msvcr120.dll is missing from your computer

First I want to warn you not to use all kinds of these DLL download websites: you don’t know what exactly you’re downloading and it is possible that you get some virus or malware instead of fixing the error.

Download Msvcr120.dll (Video)

What is msvcr120.dll. How to get it from Microsoft Download Center

Msvcr120.dll is one of the dynamic link libraries within Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable package. So, to download msvcr120.dll file the only thing you need is to visit the official Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 page and install it on your computer.

Download msvcr120.dll from microsoft website


Note: after installing the package you might still experience the msvcp120.dll is missing error. In this case just open Windows Explorer, go to Windows/System32 folder and type msvcr120.dll in search box, you’ll see that you already have the file. Just copy it into the game’s or program’s folder to fix the error.

Msvcr120.dll in Windows/System32 folder

Comments (3)

  • boulderkc

    This made the error go away on my Win 7 64bit box, and I was able to fix it by running something from Microsoft rather than an unreliable source. Good advice, thank you!


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  • adam goldman

    Thank you so much for your help with this issue. The world needs more reliable people like you to help people that have tech issues with pcs. Very straightforward and good directions. I was trying to install a music program and it gave me the above error, I thought it was a lost cause, then I found your website. Thanks again.


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