The program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer

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 of size around 626 KB, located in the System32 folder, and is 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

The program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer

DLL stands for Dynamic Link Libraries and are external parts of applications that run on Windows or any other operating systems. 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 is not able to find the concerned DLL file, or if the DLL file is corrupted, you could receive a DLL file is 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 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 result 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 for Visual Studio on your computer.

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 should have helped, and the error message should not appear.

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.

Related reads:

  1. VCRUNTIME140.DLL is missing
  2. api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing
  3. MSVCR110.dll is missing.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. MmeMoxie

    Wow, Andy – I didn’t know that the “infamous” MSVCP140.dll file was part of the MS Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio on the computer! I use to get that message all the time, when I was using Microsoft XP Pro 32 Bit. I would just put in the OS’s CD and it would install the dll and life would go on. It usually happened when I was trying to start up a game and sometimes at random. I now wonder if this happened when I was manually updating my Windows Updates, instead of automatically doing this??? At this time, I didn’t want MS doing anything I didn’t see myself first. I have learned a lot since then. }:O)

  2. If the MSVCP140.dll file is located in the System32 folder it is the legit file; else it could be malware.

  3. MmeMoxie

    Luckily, I haven’t seen this error in Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit or 10 Pro 64 Bit! It has been amazing with the 64 Bit operating systems I have had and using now, how smoothly they run. Thanks for the added info – I will keep this in mind, for some of my friends that have 32 Bit PCs.

  4. La Corz

    can any of you help me then? plz? i keep getting that missing file error when i try to open origen or my game and i took it to a computor repair guy today paid good money but still have the problem when i got home? ive looked online,tried heaps of stuff and im going crazy! its windows 7 pro 64 bit

  5. kgbme

    It’s, definitely, not the best idea to use 3rd-party websites for getting system files, btw. 🙂

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