How to Fix api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing

Try to open a file and get a runtime error? Then you do not need to worry as it is a usual problem that occurs generally in Windows. You will get an api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing when starting programs like Skype, MS Office, Adobe, and others.

The error message shows “ The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing ”. It is quite difficult to deal with this error as the error message suggest to reinstall the program. But you do not worry as we will give you all the information and methods to resolve this missing DLL file error.

What is api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing Error ?

When dynamic link library api-ms-win-crt-runtime.dll is not available on PC then your device shows api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing. Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable consist of this .dll file as its part but sometimes the system throws this file while installation. So the file is not installed alongside the software and we get .dll file missing error. In this situation, most of the people reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable and .dll file from Microsoft but some don’t do that.

If you are not able to correct this error then this article will help you. We have easy methods to fix this problem.

What Causes this Error ?

Before heading into the solutions, we must know about the cause of the error. It is usually caused by the missing Microsoft Redistributable missing on Visual Studio 2015. DLL (Dynamic Link Libraries) are an external part of programs running on Windows. DLL file stores code of the different files of applications and if the system didn’t find concerned DLL then the missing error occurs.

How to Fix api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing

First of all, you should check if your Windows is up to date or not. A successful Windows update can solve most of the problems related to the system. Run Windows update and check again if the application is working or not. You can also try the following methods to fix missing error.

Method 1 : Run Windows System File Checker

This method is one of the easiest ways to fix this problem. This will scan the errors and repair them quickly. We have performed this action in Windows 10 but it is also applicable for Windows 7,8 and Vista. For the execution of this method, you need to do the following steps:

  1. Run Command Prompt – First of all you have to run command prompt so that you can enter the In this step, you can perform this action in two ways- using search option in the start menu in windows 7 or other older versions and search box on Taskbar in Windows 10. To open the command prompt box, you need to do the following steps


Step-1: Open the start menu and search cmd

Step-2: You can also type command prompt in the search bar

Step-3: Right-click on the command prompt in the search results

Step-4: select Run as administrator option

  1. Type command: a command prompt window will appear on your screen. Now, you have to enter the command for system file checker. Type the following command and press enter.


Type the following command and press enter

  1. Wait for execution of command: This process may take some time for the execution. Your device and errors are the conditions on which the required time depends. Do not switch off your device. Wait for the process to be finished. After the process is over, try to restart the application in which errors were occurring.

Method 2 : Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Update

If you do not have enough patience or Method 1 didn’t work then you can install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable update from Microsoft.  You can download this software in two ways- From Microsoft directly and from windows update. If you cannot download the software from the Microsoft directly then you can run Windows update. Follow these steps-

  • Type windows update in the search box on Start menu.
  • Click on windows update
  • In windows update window, select check for updates. This process will take some time. so wait for few minutes
  • Click on ‘Install updates’ option and repeat the process until no update is left.
  • Check if your error is fixed or not.

Method 3 :  Repair Installed Visual C++ Redistributable Package

If the Visual C++ Redistributable is installed on your system, but still the missing error message is displaying on your screen then you must repair it.  for this process, you need to-

  • Open Control Panel
  • Go to Programs and Features section
  • Find Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 redistributable and right click on it
  • Select change button from the list followed by Repair button

This process takes some time but once the process is over, check whether the application is working or not. If you are still getting the missing error, then you can try our next method.

Method 4 : Re-register DLL File

If the DLL file is installed on your device and you still get a .dll missing error then you need to re-register DLL file. Re-registering this file will solve your problem in few minutes.


You can resolve this error by these methods. But if you want to do this process quickly then you can skip these methods. And install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 redistributable directly from the site. But keep in mind to use the authorized sites to download the software. Download 32/64 bit version of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 redistributable from Microsoft site for free. Run the installer to add software to your device. Restart the software again; you will notice that error is not appearing on screen. If you want to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable then follow the steps given below:

  • Go to Microsoft site and click download
  • Select your system type X64 or X32 then click next
  • Your file will start downloading.
  • Start downloading the .exe file and follow the required instructions.

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