If you receive an error The program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer when trying to open a program like WAMP Server, Skype, or some Game, then this article may help you. This occurs when the program you are trying to run requires the MSVCP140.dll file to be present on your computer system. MSVCP140.dll is a Microsoft C Runtime Library file size around 626 KB, located in the System32 folder and installed by Microsoft Visual Studio. If any DLL file goes missing or gets corrupted, you can see such error messages on your screen. These suggestions will apply if MSVCP100.dll, MSVCP110.dll, MSVCP120.dll, MSVCP130.dll are missing as well.
MSVCP140.dll is missing
DLL stands for Dynamic Link Libraries and are external parts of applications that run on Windows or any other operating system. Most applications are not complete in themselves and store code in different files. If there is a need for the code, the related file is loaded into memory and used. If the OS or software cannot find the concerned DLL file, or if the DLL file is corrupted, you could receive a DLL file is a missing message.
We have already seen what to do if a Program can’t start because d3compiler_43.dll is missing or if some program can’t start because MSVCR110.dll is missing; now let us see what you can do in this case.
Downloading the missing DLL file from the unapproved sources on the internet and pasting it to a particular place is not the actual solution. You can try that method, but you may not get any positive results from it.
Reinstalling the program that is throwing up this error may help – so try it. Perhaps its installation package includes this file.
The other option to solve this problem is to re/install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable file for Visual Studio on your computer. It can be downloaded as an installation package and not as a Zip file.
Close all your open application using the program window or the Task Manager. Having done this, you can go and download it from Microsoft. Install the Runtime component and restart your computer and see. It applies to both 32-bit Systems and 64-bit systems.
It should have helped, and the error message should not appear. It also fixes the corrupted system files.
If it does not, get the file from another computer. Ensure that it has the same file name and version and place it on your computer in the C:\Windows\System32 location.
TIP: If the DLL file is present on your computer, but you still receive this error message, you may need to re-register the DLL file.
How do I fix missing DLL files in Windows?
The best to fix any missing DLL in Windows is using the System File Checker Tool or SFC. It can replace missing or corrupted operating system files. Make sure to run it from the Command Prompt with admin privileges. It will also give you a list of DLLs that have been replaced.
How do I copy MSVCP140.dll?
If you have a trusted computer, you can copy it from C:\Windows\System32 and paste it on a USB drive. Done that, you can copy it to the same location and launch the application showing the error. It should be fixed now.
Why is VCRUNTIME140.dll missing?
It is closely related to the MSVCP140.dll and has been reported to be missing along with MSVCP140 dll. So if you install the redistributable, then it should be fixed too. The alternate way is to copy it from a computer where everything is working and place it where the DLL is missing.