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How to download vcruntime140.dll file that is missing from computer

Sometimes when you run some recent games or software in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7 (both x86 and x64 versions) the error message “The program can’t start because VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing from your computer” may appear and you start searching where to download this file to fix the error.

The correct method to download vcruntime140.dll from official website (one shouldn’t get it from all kinds of “DLL Download” websites on the Internet) and fix the error is described in tutorial below.

Fix vcruntime140.dll is missing error

When you encounter any “dll is missing” system error, you better not download a separate dll file, which name is displayed in a message: even if you download it and copy to System32/SysWOW64 folder it will not probably get the error fixed. The correct way is to find what that dll file is.

Vcruntime140.dll is missing system error

Vcruntime140.dll is a part of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable components, and there’s a newer version of the same file in Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable (but most often it is 2015 version that is required for error to be fixed).

To download vcruntime140.dll and other required components for program to run from Microsoft website just follow these steps:
  1. Visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53840 and click “Download”. Download vcruntime140.dll file
  2. If you have 64-bit Windows, get both vc_redist.x64.exe and vc_redist.x86.exe files (most software require 32-bit DLLs even in 64-bit Windows). If you’re using 32-bit Windows, just download vc_redist.x86.exe installer.
  3. After download completes, run and install files.
  4. Check if The program can’t start because VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing from your computer system error was fixed.

If the problem persists, try installing Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads

After you install C++ 2015 Redistributable and maybe C++ 2017 Redistributable components, the error should be fixed. If, for whatever reason, you need original vcruntime140.dll file you can find it in C:\ Windows\ System32 and C:\ Windows\ SysWOW64 folders on your computer.

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