How to Fix Visual C++ Library Missing / SidebySide Application Failed to Start Errors

By LookinAround
Jun 23, 2010
  1. I created this post to help people searching for solutions to Windows Error Messages:
    • Visual C++ Redistributable Library Missing
    • Application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect
    • Application Failed to Start
    • Dependent Assembly Missing
    • Activation context generation failed
    so as to help find this post when using a search engine

    Some background: Many Windows apps are built using Visual C++ libraries. The tricky part is that there are many different "versions" of "assemblies" of the C++ libraries in both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture "flavors". So the trick is tracking down the right flavor of the right assembly and version of the C++ library you need.

    For further help, see this thread (in general) and this post and this post (in particular) for solutions

    For how to look through your Application Event Log for application event messages click here
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