Fix: VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error

If you come across VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error, then we present you few easy working solutions. This issue often occurs when you open an application. The message appears as the system fails to locate the necessary DLL file that needs for the program to run. Another possible cause for the problem to pop-up is the presence of corrupted Dynamic-link library, (.DLL) files on your PC.You cannot run the app with whatever effort when this mess up happens.

Fix: VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error

VCRUNTIME140.DLL is basically a Microsoft C Runtime Library application extension. It is located in the ‘System32’ folder and is installed by Microsoft Visual Studio. When you are trying to run a program and the absence of the above-mentioned DLL file leads to the occurrence of the following error –

“The program can’t start because VCRUNTIME140.DLL is missing from your computer.”

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Workaround-1: Repairing Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

Vcruntime140.dll file accompanies the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 package. This is indeed necessary in order to run all software developed with C++. As a matter of fact, repairing Visual Studio package might fix the missing DLL error. You need to go through the instruction below to troubleshoot the issue.

Step-1: Right-click Start icon and conduct a click on Apps and Features option, the first one.

Step-3: Upon opening Apps & Features page, locate latest Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio package and hit a click on it. Once it expands, click the Modify button (see screenshot).

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Step-4: This immediately pops-up a dialog on the PC screen, click Repair.

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Step-5: Wait for the repair process to complete. Next, restart Windows 10 PC and check for the error. If the error continues to occur, proceed to the next method.

Workaround-2: Reinstalling Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015

If you fail to achieve the goal of resolving the VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error repairing, reinstalling the Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 is the suitable option.

Step-1: First of all, you need to uninstall Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 from your PC.

Step-2: After uninstalling it, launch any web browser from your computer and grab Visual C++ Redistributable.

Step-2: Reach out to the required package section of this page and select English from the drop-down menu in Select language section.

Step-3: Click on the option Download and a new window shows up. From here, select any of the vc_redist.x64.exe (the 64-bit version) or vc_redist.x86.exe (for 32-bit systems) and hit on the Next button.

Note – In case you are not sure about the running version, read How to Find the Version of Windows Installed on System.

Step-5: Launch the setup wizard for the sake of installing the package.

Step-6: When the installation is finished, Reboot the PC and look for the existence of error.

Workaround -3: Make a copy of DLL file to Program’s Folder

Copying the DLL file to the specific software folder might work also if above method doesn’t. In that situation, proceed with following guidelines.

Step-1: Jointly hit on Windows logo + E hotkeys and launch the File Explorer or click its icon in the taskbar.

Step-2: Once you it opens up, navigate to the below-given path:


Step-3: Input ‘Vcruntime140.dll’ in the search box located at the top right side of the resulted folder.

Step-4: After locating the Vcruntime140.dll file, select it and then copy it by pressing Ctrl + C.

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Step-5: Now, open the specific software folder which is running under error and paste the pre-copied DLL file by pressing Ctrl + V shortcut keys.

The error should resolve by doing so. If not, you need to run the System File Checker with a view to detect and repair the faulty files.

Workaround -4: Running System file checker

Since VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error may be caused by the presence of corrupted files, so, running the built-in SFC tool can bypass the problem. To do so, observe given series of the steps below.

Step-1: Go to the search box located at the taskbar and type Cmd.

Step-2: Operating system shows the search result placing Command Prompt at the top. Put a right click on it and select “Run as Administrator“.

Step-3: Now, type/copy-paste the given command at the blinking cursor:

Sfc/ scannow

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Hit the Enter key and it immediately initiates the system file scanner. The process may take about an hour to be completed. Be patient till it ends and if any corruption is discovered, the system will resolve it automatically. And there will be no error appearing upon Restarting the PC.

Read more about SFC /Scannow, DISM.Exe, CHKDSK Windows 10.

Workaround-5: Reinstalling the affected program

If all of the above-mentioned workarounds fail to fix the error, you have to uninstall the affected program and then install it again.

Step-1: Go to the Start menu and make a right-click on it and launch Win+X menu on the PC screen. From the list, click the first option Apps and Features.

Step-2: From the left pane of a new window, click on the Apps & features section. A list of installed programs displays on the adjacent right side.

Step-4: Select the affected program and click on the Uninstall button. There will be a popup for confirming the uninstallation, so proceed ahead with the process.

Step-5: After uninstalling it, visit the manufacturer’s website with a view to downloading the latest version of that very program.

Step-6: Lastly, install the latest version of that same software by following its onscreen instruction.

Dynamic Link Libraries (in short DLL) files are the parts of applications run on Windows operating system. Most of the applications are not complete and they store codes in different files. In case of necessity, when the system fails to get the specific DLL file, it shows the error message indicating missing DLL files. Since VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error is associated with Visual Studio and fixing issues with studio might resolve this.


All DLL files are equally important for any program. VCRUNTIME140.dll Windows 10 Error causes a restriction in opening or running a program also. This nagging error needs resolution once you encounter it. We have discussed most effective workarounds to resolve the error. Follow these instructions properly to avoid any further error.

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