Vcruntime140.dll missing, program can’t start on Windows 10

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From time to time, you might see this error notification as I do: “The program can’t start because VCRUNTIME140.DLL is missing from you computer.” 

This error message usually pops up when we are in the middle of running or starting some programs. And we need to fix it first before we can do anything else. 

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Cause

Even though the suffix .dll might seems a little bit scary, there is totally no need for you to worry sick about it. From what we hear from our users, this is not uncommon, especially after each Microsoft update. The latest one is the latest Windows Creators Update. 

This is because in every new update or patch released by Microsoft, there might be some file or document missing, for instance, some files with dll as extension. Thus with the unavailability to use certain programs. 

Fix

Luckily, it is not a hard problem to tackle at all. Just as the latter part of the error code says, just “reinstall the program to fix this problem“. 

But there is a bit more before we reinstall the program. Follow the instructions below and we will get this fixed for you! 

WARNING: Don’t go to sites that claim to have the needed dll files for you to download. Why take the risk when you can get it from legitimate source? 

1) Go to Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015. Choose accordingly the file you need for your operating system. Then click Next button to continue. 

Note that if you are not sure what your operating system is, press Windows logo key and Pause/ Break key at the same time on your keyboard. Then you should be able to see needed information in System type category. 

Read Also:  ‘No device drivers were found’ when installing Windows 7

2) When the download finishes, run the installation as instructed. 

3) Now try run the program that you were about to run before. 

4) If the problem stays, go to Control Panel to uninstall the program first. Then restart your PC and reinstall the program. Everything should work without problems now. 

Note that in some cases, simply do a virus scan over the whole system helps solve the problem as well. If you have not done it, do it now. It’s not too late. 

Pro Tip

It should always be your first go-to option to update your device drivers when something is not working quite well with your system. 

Whether you choose to update the device drivers manually, using Windows Update, or you use a trusted third party product, it’s essential that you have the latest correct device drivers for your operating system at all times.

If you’re a computer novice and have no idea how to update your device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.

To update your drivers with Driver Easy, just click the Scan Now button, then when it lists the drivers you need to update, click Update. The correct drivers will be downloaded, and you can install them – either manually through Windows or all automatically with Driver Easy Pro