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How to fix the “api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1.0.dll” error



“The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1.0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem”. You may have seen this error whenever you try to start a program.

The reason of this error is KB2999226 (Universal CRT) has been failed to install. It is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015.

This error usually prevents programs like XAMPP, WAMP, SmartFTP, Delphi, etc. to start.

To solve this error, follow the steps below.

Install Windows updates

  1. First, go to Start -> Control Panel(Windows 7)/Settings(Windows 10) -> Windows updates.
  2. Check all updates and install all the updates available.
  3. Restart your computer after the updates has been installed.
  4. Before you go to the next step, make sure that you have installed all the important Windows updates.

Install Visual C++ Redistributable

  1. Download Visual C++ Redistributable for Windows 32-bit or Window 64-bit.
  2. Run the vcredist_x64.exe (64-bit) or vcredist_x86.exe (32-bit) and select Uninstall.
  3. Run the .exe again and select Install.

Hope this will help you. However, remember downloading the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1.0.dll from online won’t help you much. Beside the file may contains virus.

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