Those who are using Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems may encounter an 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”. Most often, this error occurs when you are trying to run games and applications. In this situation, most users just follow recommendations of the notification window and reinstall the application on their computers, but sometimes it still does not help. In this article we are going to tell you what leads to an error with the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file and how to fix it and get rid of this problem.
Оглавление: 1. Why api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error occurs 2. How to fix the “api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing” error
Why api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error occurs
As you can understand from the name of this error, it arises because of some problems with the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file. But it’s not exactly right to look immediately for a place to download the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file, because just downloading it to your computer will not solve the problem.
The point is that the error in question appears in situations when user is trying to run on Windows 7 or Windows 8 a program that was developed specifically for Windows 10 operating system. That is, developers, in the process of creating their application, were using the universal environment functions intended for Windows 10.
How to fix the “api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing” error
After receiving massive complaints about the error in question, Microsoft independently released a “patch” that is able to correct the situation. This patch has the name – “KB2999226”. It introduces tools necessary for operating with programs that were created using Windows 10 toolkit into the problematic versions of Windows (7, 8 and older ones).
To fix the error with api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file, you have to install the KB2999226 update (this update you can download from the official Microsoft website).
There are times when the KB2999226 update was previously already installed by the user, but still he gets the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error. In this case, it is recommended that you install Visual C ++ components from versions 2015 and 2017 to your computer. If a simple Visual C ++ libraries installation did not help, we recommend that you do the following:
- Remove the existing Visual C ++ components from your computer. To do this, go to the “Control Panel” (by right-clicking on the “Start” and selecting the appropriate item in the drop-down menu) and open the “Programs and Features” utility. Sort the displayed list of programs and applications available on your computer by name and scroll to the letter “M”. Remove all installed Microsoft Visual C ++ 2015 components;
- Now you need to go to the official Microsoft website and from this link download the required Visual C ++ components. Please note: It is important that you download to your computer both – x64 and x86 – component versions.
- After that, run both downloaded files on your PC one by one and install them. Installation will require administrator rights. When all the necessary components are installed, restart your computer. After this, the error with the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file should no longer occur.