Windows is used almost by everyone for general use nowadays. Still, there are some problems persist in windows that seem to have no instant solution. One of them is when the error message says that a certain .exe (msvcp140.dll) or another kind of program is missing or cannot be found. This is very annoying for the users of Windows PC and laptops. But fortunately, we have come up with the solution to this. We will explain you in detail about this problem, its causes and then provide you with some effective solutions that you can execute step by step.
MSVCP140.DLL missing Error in Windows OS
“MSVCP140.dll missing from windows” is a message that can be displayed while you are trying to run Skype on your computer, or it might even occur if you are trying to launch a particular computer game. MSVCP140.dll is a part of Visual C++ Redistributable (a version of 2015) and the whole bunch of files of this is responsible for the runtime of any application made using the C++ application built by Visual C++ Redistributable. If you are running Skype 188.8.131.52, this error message might occur because Skype has changed its policies, and it now requires Visual C++ Redistributable to find the appropriate DLL libraries.
Reasons For MSVCP140.DLL occurring in Windows PC/Laptops
This can occur due to several reasons – You might have accidentally deleted the program while trying to delete other programs, your firewall might have blocked the program from running, or it might be the case that the program that you are trying to run needs the latest version.
What can be the solution of MSVCP140.DLL error in windows?
Following solutions or workarounds, you can do or use in order to solve the problem.
Solution 1: Check Recycle Bin
The first thing that you can do is check the Recycle Bin if you have accidentally removed the MSVCP140.dll file while trying to remove a certain program. This often happens if you accidentally download an add-on program while downloading the program you intended to download, and while trying to get rid of it ASAP, you remove the whole package, that might contain the MSVCP140.dll file. If you find it in the Recycle Bin, restore it. The program you were trying to run then should work properly.
Solution 2: Uninstalling and re-installing the program
If this is not the case, i.e. if you do not find the file in the Recycle Bin, you might try uninstalling the program once, whether it is Skype or a computer game. Go to the Start menu and click on Control Panel. Then find Programs and Features and click on it. Select the program that is not running due to the MSVCP140.dll error. Then click on Uninstall and follow the instructions to successfully uninstall the program. After that, try re-installing the program, and this might work because the updated version would get downloaded this time, which might have been the issue earlier.
Solution 3: Check And Download Windows Updates
The third option (if the last one did not work) is to install Windows Update. Press and hold the Windows key and press I. Then select Updates and Security and then click on Check for Updates. Download all the updates and then reboot your system. Once that is done, the MSVCP140.dll bug might get removed.
Solution 4: Run a System File Checker
The fourth option is to run a System File Checker. Press and hold the Windows key and press R. This will open the command window, and you must type SFC /scan now and hit Enter. This would help Windows to identify the corrupted file and it will replace the damaged MSVCP140.dll file if it is listed.
If all these, does not work, you can go to Programs and Features and uninstall the Redistributable that is causing the issue. Then restart the computer and see if the problem persists. You can then try to download and install MSVCP140.dll separately and see if the program can be run.
Things to Remember
Whenever you download a program, make sure you do that from the official site. Otherwise, viruses and bugs might enter your computer through the unauthorized program and can damage the hard disk. If the issue is not that serious, it can always cause trouble, like not letting a program run.
We hope you got the solution for msvcp140.dll is missing error in your Windows PC or laptop and hope that now your computer is running smoothly. If you have any doubts or know any particular solution that worked for you, please type it in the comments below. Share this article on social media with your friends to help them if they ever face this problem.