Did you receive an error message which says “Ordinal not found“? Do you also see reference of a missing DLL? Then it means the software is trying to find out the related file, and it is missing. Mathematically, Ordinal refers to the order of a number, e.g., 1st, 2nd and so on. In this error message, it points to an n’th file of names, say, ABC.DLL which is missing. Hence the error message.
Ordinal not found
If you receive an error message “The ordinal ABC could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft VS Code Insiders\code – insiders.exe“, then it means that computer is missing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable on your computer.
ABC is a number which in turn is the Ordinal. Another common error message is “The ordinal 12404 could not be located in the dynamic link library mfc90u.dl”
The message could point out to any DLL in the message. All these DLL are part of the package, and as Visual Studio looks for that DLL, the error message changes a bit.
Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable
This error message shows up when Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is missing on your computer. Click here for the 32-bit version or here for the 64-bit version. If you are using an earlier version of Visual Studio, you can go here, and download as per your version.
After you install the Microsoft Visual C++ Feature Pack Redistributable Package, this error message should not appear again.
When you receive the same error message, but it says LIBEAY32.DLL is missing, then you need to install OpenSSL. The complete error message goes as below:
Ordinal not found. The Ordinal [ABC] could not be located in the Dynamic Link Library Libeay32.dll.
When installing OpenSSL, make sure to install into the Windows system directory. Libeay32.dll is related to security.
Check with Windows Update
Many a time, Microsoft rolls out the framework and related updates through Windows. It is possible that an update related with is still pending. Go to Settings > Update and Security. Check if an update is pending and if yes, update and restart your computer if necessary.
Since the possibility of Ordinal not found error message could be vast, it is best to search with a specific number to get you an accurate result.