How To Deal With Msvcr80.dll Errors

What is the "msvcr80.dll” or “A required component is missing” error?

Msvcr80.dll is a dll file that belongs to the Microsoft C++ runtime Library. This is part of Microsoft’s Visual Studio Module of the operating system. The msvcr80.dll error may appear when you are trying to install or uninstall the software or a Windows component from your computer. This error can also occur during installation of the operating system.

Operating System affected with the msvcr80.dll are:

  • All Versions of Windows

Error appearing on the screen

"Msvcr80.dll Not Found"

"This application failed to start because msvcr80.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."

"Cannot find [PATH]\msvcr80.dll"

"The file msvcr80.dll is missing."

"Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: msvcr80.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again."

What should I do to fix the msvcr80.dll error?

Microsoft Visual C++ is the core on which the Windows operating system is designed. Msvcr80.dll is a file which is part of the Microsoft’s Visual C++ (MVC++) runtime library which means this file will be executed as part of the core windows files.

All the programs designed for Windows use Microsoft Visual C++ to design their custom programs. When msvcr80.dll varies from program to program, it generates this error. For example, a software designed with MVC++ 2005 will install the 2005 version of msvcr80.dll and if your operating system is Windows Vista or Windows 7, then it will try to update the msvcr80.dll file, which might create a version conflict for other programs.

Msvcr80.dll error also pops up on screen during the installation or uninstallation of a program and also if the msvcr80.dll file is corrupt or missing. The steps to solve this problem are given below:

  1. Perform System Restore.
  2. Repair the system Files.
  3. Run a Windows update.

Steps to run a System Restore – System restore can take the system back to a date when it was working fine. You can follow these steps:

  1. Click Start and go to All Programs.
  2. Click Accessories and go to System Tools.
  3. Click System Restore option.
  4. Click Next and choose a restore point from the list.
  5. Click Next after selecting the restore point. This will restart the system.

This process will apply the settings as per the snapshot stored by ‘System restore’. If this doesn’t solve the problem you can try the next step.

Steps to repair the system Files – These steps will replace all the system files and will take care of any system file corruption. You can follow the steps below: 

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter.
  3. At the prompt type sfc /scannow.
  4. It will restart the system once it is done, if it doesn’t then it is better you restart the system.

System file checker checks for all Windows core dll files, and replaces the affected ones. If this doesn’t solve the problem you can run the system repair using these steps:

  1. Put the Windows CD in the drive and boot from the CD.
  2. Follow all the instructions on the Screen.
  3. Press the F8 key  to accept the License agreement.
  4. Choose Repair by pressing R.
  5. Type Exit when the repair is done and the system will restart.

If it still doesn’t solve the problem you can go to the next step.

Perform Windows Update – Windows updates usually solve alot of issues with core dll files. It updates all the core dll files and resolves most issues on its own.

If all the above steps do not help you get rid of the error, it is better that you get an updated version of the software you are trying to install.