Have you encountered the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll missing error? You’re probably wondering what Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is in the first place and why Windows can’t seem to find it. Check out this guide to find out how to deal with this error:
What Is the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll File?
The Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is a DLL file that is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable package. It is often called upon by applications when they load, such as video games, message applications, image editing apps, and others. Here are some details to help you know more about the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file:
- File name: Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll
- Program: Visual C++ Redistributable
- File type: Application extension/DLL
- File size: 17 KB
- File location: C:\Windows\System32\downlevel
- Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10
When you install a program, the required DLL files are usually included in the installer package, so you might not be even aware that you installed it in the first place. Applications that require the Visual C++ Redistributable package to run properly will need to load the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file. If the file cannot be loaded because it is unreadable, corrupted, or has been deleted, then the program you want to start won’t open.
How to Deal with the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll Missing Error
- Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll has been corrupted due to malware
If you suspect that there is malware present on your computer, running a scan using Windows Defender or your security software should help get rid of any threats that might have corrupted your Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file. And since the file is no longer readable, you will need to install a working copy by following the instructions in the next item.
- Accidental deletion of the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file
If, for some reason, you unknowingly deleted the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file, your best option is to look at the installer package of the app you are trying to open and install the Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file from there. Or you can go to Microsoft’s website and install the Visual C++ Redistributable package.
- Visual C++ Redistributable has not been completely installed
The Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll could be missing because the Visual C++ Redistributable installation was incomplete. To fix this, you need to repair the installation by going to Control Panel > Programs, then right-click on your Visual C++ Redistributable version and choose Repair. If the repair does not work, you can reinstall Visual C++ Redistributable using the instructions above.
- Visual C++ Redistributable version is outdated
When your Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is outdated, you need to install all available updates under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
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