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

To fix the error, Install/Repair Visual C++ Redistributable files, update PC drivers & software, or download the missing file manually.

The api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll missing error appears when you are trying to run an application. The error prompt for this particular error code reads – 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.

As the error suggests, you may need to reinstall the application. However, that does not always work as the issue appears for other reasons. It can be frustrating to remove and reinstall an application just to witness the same error again. 

If you have tried doing so and had no luck, do not worry; we might have just the solution you are looking for. In this post, let’s look at some ways to fix api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is a missing error on a Windows PC. 

1 – Install Visual C++ Redistributable Files

The first thing you need to do is ensure that your PC has Visual C++ Redistributable files ready. Most of the users who are aware of Visual Studio and its applications on a Windows PC have these files already installed. 

To check if the files are installed or not, simply – 

Step 1 – Press Win + R to open the run search.
Step 2 – Use the Command – control appwiz.cpl and hit enter
Step 3 – The above command will take you to the list of programs installed on your PC.
Step 4 – Scroll down to check if the files are installed or not. 

If these are unavailable, simply use the following steps to download and install the components.

Step 1- Go to the official website for Visual C++ Redistributable to find the download option.

Step 2 – You can check system requirements and other information to ensure compatibility.
Step 3 – Download the file and run the exe. file to install the file.

After installing the files, try running the application that showed the error message again, and it should work fine. 

2 – Repair Visual C++ Redistributable Files

In case you already had the files installed, and the issue still appeared, the files are not up to the mark and need repairs. Fortunately, the files have an internal mechanism that allows you to repair them. All you have to do is – 

Step 1 – Press Win + R to open the run search.
Step 2 – Use the Command – control appwiz.cpl and hit enter.

Step 3 – From the list of programs installed, navigate to the Visual C++ Redistributable files.

Step 4 – Select the installed application and click the Change button from the top bar.
Step 5 – When you click Change, a pop-up window will appear, asking what you aim to do.

Step 6 – You will have an option that says repair in the prompt. Click on it.
Step 7 – Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to get over with the process. 

Once these files are repaired, restart your computer and try running the application with the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error, and it should not appear anymore.