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

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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 [post=897344]this post[/post] and [post=897757]this post[/post] (in particular) for solutions

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