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Fix MSVCR71.dll is missing in Windows 10

The program can’t start because MSVCR71.dll is missing from your computer, Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

If by any chance you have encountered this error know that you are not alone and that this is a solvable error. In this guide, we will show you how to fix this error.

Usually, the MSVCR71.dll missing error is met when a new application is installed. So let us dive right into it and solve it.

  1. Reinstall application

    If only a certain application is reporting this error, try reinstalling it, there is a high possibility that by some mistake application was not properly installed and corrupted or removed the MSVCR71.dll file. If this is the case, reinstallation will help.

  2. Check recycle bin

    like mentioned above, if the application has by mistake deleted the file, open recycle bin and try to locate it there. If this is the case, restore it from recycle bin and everything should be back in normal working conditions.

  3. Download a new version of the file

    If the previous 2 methods failed and you still get the missing error, try downloading the file from Microsoft and placing it in C:\Windows\SysWOW64

  4. Reinstall C++ redistributable

    Having an incorrect C++ redistributable package can be an issue of the problem, get the latest version from Microsoft and reinstall it.

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Solution

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Error 118 may be triggered due to several reasons. This includes:
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Further Information and Manual Repair

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Method 2 - Change to Google DNS

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Option 1 – Run the Windows Update troubleshooter in a Clean Boot State

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  • From there, go to the General tab and click “Selective startup”.
  • Clear the “Load Startup items” check box and make sure that the “Load System Services” and “Use Original boot configuration” options are checked.
  • Next, click the Services tab and select the “Hide All Microsoft Services” check box.
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  • Now try to run the Windows Update troubleshooter again and see if the error is fixed or not.

Option 2 – Try to run System File Checker

If the Windows Update troubleshooter still failed to fix the problem, you can run System File Checker instead. It is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files with good system files. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.
  • Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  • Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow
The command will start a system scan which will take a few whiles before it finishes. Once it’s done, you could get the following results:
  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  3. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.

Option 3 – Run the DISM tool

Running the DISM Tool helps in repairing the Windows System Image as well as the Windows Component Store in Windows 10. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth”.
  • Open the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • Then type in the following commands and make sure to hit Enter right after you type each one of them:
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    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish.
Note: If it happens that the Windows Update client is broken, you need to run the following command to repair it then restart your PC and click on Update once again.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess

Option 4 – Delete the contents in the Software Distribution folder and Catroot2 folder

You can also delete the contents in both the Software Distribution and Catroot2 folders as it could potentially fix the “Windows Update components must be repaired” error.
  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.
net stop wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Cryptographic, and the MSI Installer
  • Next, go to the C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
After resetting the SoftwareDistribution folder, you need to reset the Catroot2 folder to restart the services you just stopped. To do that, follow these steps:
  • Type each one of the following commands.
net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After that, exit Command Prompt and restart your computer, and then try to run Windows Update once more.
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