Error :Api

The Windows error message "The program can"t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing" can be a frustrating one lớn resolve sầu.

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The error message suggests lớn reinstall the program "Try reinstalling the program khổng lồ fix this problem", but this is usually not the solution that fixes the issue.

The following guide provides you with information on the system error that you may experience on Windows PCs, và how to lớn fix it so that the error is not thrown anymore.

The program can"t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing



Plenty of programs can throw the "can"t start" error on Windows including Skype, Adobe Premiere, Adobe, Autodesk, XAMPP.., Corel Draw, Microsoft Office, và others.

The error indicates that the Dynamic Link Library api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is not available on the PC. This DLL is part of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable, & usually not installed alongside the software program that throws the error.

While some installers may check for the availability of the DLL or the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable, và install it if it is missing, many don"t.

The error is caused when the following is true:


The solution is therefore khổng lồ install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable again so that the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is registered on the PC và usable by software.

Cause: KB2999226

This applies lớn all supported client and hệ thống versions of Windows prior khổng lồ Windows 10 & Windows Server năm 2016.

The Windows 10 Universal CRT is a Windows operating system component that enables CRT functionality on the Windows operating system. This update allows Windows desktop applications that depend on the Windows 10 Universal CRT release to run on earlier Windows operating systems.


Microsoft Visual Studio năm ngoái creates a dependency on the Universal CRT when applications are built by using the Windows 10 Software Development Kit (SDK). You can install this update on earlier Windows operating systems to lớn enable these applications to lớn run correctly.

Fixing the error

It is recommended that you follow the guide khổng lồ the letter. While you may be able lớn skip some steps, for instance by installing the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable directly, it is usually better lớn proceed with caution.

First thing you may want to vị is kiểm tra if the Microsoft Visual C++ năm ngoái Redistributable is installed on the Windows PC.


Tap on the Windows-key, type appwiz.cpl and hit the Enter-key. This opens the Programs & Features Control Panel applet.If you see Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable in the list right-clichồng on it và select the uninstall option. Note that you may see a 64-bit (x64) & a 32-bit (x86) version of the redistributable, and that you need to remove both.

Note: A missing Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable may be the cause as well. I suggest you try and remove the 2015 Redistributable first to see if it resolves the issue after reinstallation. If it does not, you may want to lớn repeat the process with the 2017 Redistributable.

If you run into lớn errors, for instance that Windows can"t uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++Â Redistributable, then you may want to use programs lượt thích Revo Uninstaller lớn forcefully remove leftovers.

I highly recommkết thúc that you create a backup of your Windows partition first before you vì so, as things may break.

Once that is done, hopefully without errors, you may want to check Windows Updates for updates. This step may not always be necessary, & some users may not want lớn run Windows Updates because they update their Windows machines in a different way.

Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, và hit the Enter-key on the keyboard. This opens the Windows Update interface.Windows may run a kiểm tra automatically, or when you cliông xã on the check for updates button.Follow the instructions to lớn install updates.

Last but not least, you need khổng lồ install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable again on the Windows machine.

Run the installers to lớn add the software lớn the Windows PC.

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If you try to lớn load the program that threw the error "The program can"t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing" afterwards, you should notice that the program starts up fine & without throwing that error message.