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How to fix error api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll in Windows

If when you try to open a program on your Windows computer, you receive the error message “The program cannot be started because the computer does not have the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll” file. This means that it was not possible to install the Universal CRT component properly, which works on earlier Windows operating systems distributed by Visual C ++. Either the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file has disappeared from the computer or is damaged. You may get this error when trying to open some Adobe applications, SmartFTP, Skype, Autodesk, Corel Draw, Microsoft Office, XAMPP, and games software.

DLLs are dynamic link libraries and external application components that run on Windows or other operating systems. Most applications store code in different files, if there is a need for code, the associated file is loaded into memory and used. If the OS or software is not able to find the corresponding DLL file, or the DLL file is damaged, you may receive a message about the absence of the DLL file.


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Download api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll for Windows 10/7 / 8.1 (x32-bit, x64-bit)

  • Make sure your windows is updated. Run Windows Update and check.
  • Run System File Checker to replace potentially damaged system files with new ones.
  • Reinstalling the program that is causing this error can also help fix the problem.

If you already have the Redistributable Visual C ++ 2015 package installed and you receive an error message, you may need to repair the program. To do this, open the “Control Panel” and go to the “Programs and Features” section. Find Microsoft Visual C ++ 2015 Redistributable and click “Edit”, then a program launch will appear in which click “Fix”.

Download the update for Universal C Runtime from Microsoft. Install the Runtime component and restart the computer. (Starting from Windows 10, Universal CRT is part of the operating system).
If this does not help, you may need to install Microsoft Visual C ++ Redistributable Update from Microsoft. You need to choose the OS architecture, 64-bit or 32-bit.
Like the Visual C ++ 2015 Redistributable redistributable package, some programs use Microsoft Visual C ++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017. You may need to download and install it. You can find the package on this page.
If the dll file is present on your computer, but you still receive an error message, you may need to reregister the dll file.
Important: Try not to download DLL files from official sources, as this can lead to very bad consequences.

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