Installing applications on Windows 10 is normally a straightforward process, thanks to the operating system’s wealth of applications and compatibility over the past 30 years. For the most part, they work. For example, we’ve already covered how to install classic desktop applications and universal apps, such as those available through the Windows Store.

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It Started with Windows 8

But the Windows 10 app story is still going through a significant transition, which initially started with Windows 8. Universal apps are the future of Windows 10, but classic apps will be with us for some time. And those classic apps sometimes have classic problems. For instance, installing desktop apps can be problematic due to components such as the Visual C++ Redistributable. This article finds out what it is and how to get it installed, so your app will work on Windows 10.

How to Resolve Problems Installing the Visual C++ Redistributable

The Visual C++ Redistributable is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file required by programs or games built using Microsoft’s Visual Studio software development environment. When a program requires a DLL or some other supporting file to run, this is called a dependency. The MSVCR.DLL stands for:

MS – MicrosoftV – VisualC – C++R – Redistributable.

Browsing your Apps and Features Setting or Programs and Features Control Panel, you might see multiple versions of the redistributable installed. A particular app installed might be utilizing one of them, so removing any version can cause an application to malfunction. Some apps might even require updated versions of the Visual C++ Redistributable such as 2010 SP1 or 2012 Update 4.


If not, you can download the version required by the application. In addition, the program will indicate the version of the file required if an error pops up during or when executing the app. Users should also be aware that some programs might require either the 32 or 64-bit architecture.

Below are links to download the appropriate redistributable for the version you might be attempting to install:

Further MSVCR Troubleshooting

Sometimes you might need to uninstall an existing version of the Visual C++ Redistributable to resolve problems affecting it. If installing the correct Visual C++ Redistributable does not resolve problems installing or repairing a program, it likely means that one of the DLL files might be corrupt. Re-registering the DLL files might be able to resolve the problem.

Press Windows key + X then click Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin). At the command prompt or PowerShell window, type the commands below, then hit enter after each. Exit the command prompt, then restart your computer to see if the problem is resolved.

regsvr32 ntdll.dll /s

regsvr32 msdxm.ocx /s

regsvr32 dxmasf.dll /s

regsvr32 wmp.dll /s

regsvr32 wmpdxm.dll /s

Summing Up

Encountering problems with the Visual C++ Redistributable is rare, but it’s also a sign of the legacy issues still attached to Windows. The Universal App model minimizes the need for such components because of the new packaged-based deployment used. However, for big apps like AutoCAD, QuickBooks, Adobe Creative Suite, and iTunes, this component will always be a part of your apps’ fundamental architecture. Hopefully, this article will help you overcome any obstacles if you do encounter them.

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