Windows software is often built with dependencies that must be installed before the actual software can run. For software built with Microsoft’s Visual Studio, regardless of the programming language used to create the program, additional dependencies are required.
If any of the dependencies the software you’re trying to run needs are missing, you will encounter an error that says something like “The program can’t start because FILE-NAME.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”
Additionally, you may get an error like this: “The code execution cannot proceed because MSVCP140.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem“, which is the same thing.
Normally, when you install a program using Setup.exe or Install.exe, the necessary dependencies should automatically be installed alongside it. However, if you install the software from an unofficial source, or you use a portable version of the program (either official or unofficial), you may not have the dependencies installed.
These issues might also be caused by Windows Update being turned off. If Windows Update is off, it cannot install DirectX, Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime, etc.
How to Fix MSVCP140.dll is Missing Error | Quick & Easily
IMPORTANT: Avoid websites that tell you to fix this issue by simply downloading that DLL file and placing it in System32. That’s not a good method because it’s often not only that DLL that you need. The DLL file is part of a larger interconnected bundle that is already available with its own Setup program, so why bother installing an incomplete dependency?
The file MSVCP140.dll is part of Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, which you can install yourself by downloading it from Microsoft’s official website.
You can download the Visual C++ Redistributable from here. Please pick the appropriate architecture for your computer.
- DOWNLOAD Visual C++ Redistributable 2015 for x64 [You likely need this one]
- DOWNLOAD Visual C++ Redistributable 2015 for 32-Bit [For older, 32-Bit PCs]
As you can see, fixing this issue is rather trivial and can be done easily even if you’re not tech-savvy. It’s just a missing component that is readily available on Microsoft’s website.
Download the MSVCP140.dll file
Normally, we recommend using the method up above to fix the error, because that is the recommended way. However, if for any reason you need only this DLL file, you can find it below. Do keep in mind that this DLL alone will not fix your issue because it depends on other DLL files in the same bundle!