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This application has failed to start because the application configuration is...

By ussyless
Aug 11, 2010
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  1. hi, so lately i've been uninstalling and reinstalling my drivers and software and all of the sudden i get this error when i try to load up certain programs

    this application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect
    i've already tried reinstalling microsoft c++ end user runtime or whatever it is, anyone know what else it could be
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Check your drivers at the manufacturer's website, or the motherboard manufacturer's website...
    You might want to update or restore your BIOS as a start, but the problem is not uncommon.
     
  3. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    well *** i noted in the title i have been updating my drivers recently, so they are all up to date from the official websites, not sure what bios has to do with it though
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Well, you haven't described your brand or model, or comptuer age, or motherboard... so I am guessing.
    Lots of corrections to malperforming sytems are made through a BIOS update... and if you have a problem created through electronic misfeasance or malfeasance, some very few times, the BIOS update will straighten out the error patches.

    Also, of the years, we have found that going back to an earlier version of some drivers is helpful.

    From where I set, I couldn't see what reinstalling microsoft c++ end user runtime would do to fix it.
     
  5. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    some more information, after looking at the event viewer, i found this message
    "
    Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC80.CRT could not be found and Last Error was The referenced assembly is not installed on your system.


    For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
    "
    vc80.crt is related to the windows c++ runtime
     
  6. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 349

    Did you try just reinstalling the application? I see this alot with Avast's latest flavor of their software - for whatever reason it just doesn't install correctly the first time and sure enough, upon launch, that's the error message I get.

    Have to uninstall, and then reinstall again and usually on the second try, whatever didn't copy properly the first time, took the second time.
     
  7. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ill try but it is happening in more than one app, perhaps if i reinstall wlm ( one app that its occuring on) it will repair the error by itself
     
  8. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    nope, it hasnt helped at all
     
  9. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    BEFORE YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS, ITS BEST THAT YOU SEND ME A PM AND WAIT FOR ME TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH IT
    OK i've repaired this problem, heres how to do it for future reference
    after painstakingly uninstalling and reinstalling all of my .net framework packages, i no longer got the errors
    after uninstalling your packages, or as many as it lets you, run the microsoft .net cleanup tool
    found here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2006/05/30/611355.aspx
    and then use the following link to download and install your packages manually (not via windows updates)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923100
    you will want to bookmark this link as you will have to restart a few times and you wont want to lose it, you will use the links there as reference to the filenames of your .net installs ( you have to do it in order, 1.0-3.5) and the filenames arent exactly obvious to the setup version
    if you get an error when installing .net 1.0 service pack 3, skip it and move to 1.1
    if you get an error on 1.1 install ( cant remember if it was 1.1 or 1.1 sp2 that i got it) go to c:/windows/winSxS and MOVE the folder "policies" to your desktop and try to install it again
    finish installing packages, and then transplant the policies files back, not overwriting the new ones
    and then its fixed!

    if this helps someone else in the future, send me a pm ;)
     
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

  11. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Good info. Thnx.
     
     
  12. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    yeah i was googling for a solution for about 3 hours and ended up just run-and-gunning it, wouldent be surprised if google redirects a few hits here
     
  13. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    Well, i woulda tried to help if only i say your post earlier!!!

    But good job in finding fix :grinthumb as those C++ errors can be quite a pain to resolve. (But if it ever does occur again, i found that getting specific info from the Windows Event Log and googling as outlined in my link.. can help one find the exact C++ library that went missing!)

    In any case, glad you're working again! :)
     
  14. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    speaking of witch, it seems avast wont launch now, due to the same error >.>

    mabey its beacause i skipped net 1.0 sp3 >.>
     
  15. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,373   +167

    1) I'd make sure all the net framwork stuff is installed first

    2) Then you might also try the basic uninstall/reinstall of Avast

    3) If problem continues, then you need to look in the Windows Application Event Log for the error message (see my link). I;m off to bed.. but if you post the error message in the App Log about Avast failing to start and the details in the mesage, i could take a further look sometime tomorrow. Nite. ZZZZZzzzzzz
     
  16. ussyless

    ussyless TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 33

    ok techies i've figured it out, instead of deleting the policies folder all together, move it to another location, then move it back once you've installed all your .net framework stuff
     
  17. BBUser0

    BBUser0 TS Rookie

    Hi,

    I'm getting this issue - can you let me know where the policies folder is located?

    I am using Windows XP.
     
  18. ucould2

    ucould2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 335

    Did you go to this post from Look'n? It worked for me quite a few times but if you continue having difficulties start a new Thread with say "C+++ runtime difficulties" as the header?
    hope this helps
     
  19. Sudip Mondal

    Sudip Mondal TS Rookie

    ussyless: I encountered the same problem while running Tomb Raider 2013 in Windows XP. I installed the .NET framework 3.5, and the problem is solved.
     


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