Api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll Is Missing! What Shall I Do?

Very often the users still having Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system tend to encounter the unpleasant notice illustrated above. Though the given message is commonplace, there are not many ordinary users who know at least something about the causes of this error or who have an idea of what the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll files are. Therefore, lots of people get frustrated and lost when confronting this type of system errors occurring when they try to launch a certain program or application. Very often users also take the last part of the system message, the one encouraging them to reinstall the program, as a call to action.

Nevertheless, merely reinstalling the troublesome program is not enough to make it operate as it should. So, go on reading to finds out more about the causes of this error and methods that can be helpful for tackling the problem.

Why Does This Error Occur?

As the error’s very name suggests, the problem results from the system’s failure to find the necessary runtime component. You can always try searching for the missing file on the Internet. There are a plethora of sites that offer you assistance in solving various .dll errors. Unfortunately, not all of them can be trusted, since very often hackers mask malware as harmless files you may subsequently install on your computer. But there is also a bunch of truly reliable site, such as, ready to help you deal with all kinds of .dll system errors.

Nonetheless, downloading the file that is claimed missing immediately after getting the error message would be an unwise thing to do. The point is that if a user attempts to launch a Windows 10 application on their older versions, they are just bound to end up seeing the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll missing error. Therefore, downloading the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file won’t be an effective solution in the majority of cases.

Note! The error type under consideration is linked to the system’s inability to find essential components to run a certain program designed for Windows 10. Nevertheless, if they are such popular programs as Microsoft Office, Mozilla, Skype or Adobe that throw the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error, try using their older versions compatible with Windows 7 or 8 to fix the error.

How to Fix the Problem?

You are not the first person seeing the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll error message, of course. There are have been numerous complaints from the users, reluctant to give up good old Windows 7, concerning the discussed error. The response to those complaints was Microsoft’s decision to release a “KB2999226” patch, which provided users with the necessary tools necessary for running Windows 10 programs on older versions of Windows OS.

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You are also welcome to avail yourself of this patch. Just visit the company’s official website, download and install the update on your computer. Hope this will help you fix the error.

There are times when users keep on getting the irritation messages even after having the appropriate update installed. In this case, you can try “borrowing” Visual C++ components from their older, 2015 or 2017, versions and install them on your computer. If this procedure has not been much of a help, you will need to remove the C++ component completely from your PC and head to Microsoft site to get the required components downloaded.

Make sure to get both x64 and x84 component versions that you will be required to install one by one. After the successful completion of the installation process, the traditional procedure of restarting your system should take place. Once everything is properly done, the error should not bother you anymore.