How to Fix Mfc90.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A troubleshooting guide for Mfc90.dll errors

Mfc90.dll Error

Mfc90.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the mfc90 DLL file.

In some cases, mfc90.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

There are several different ways that mfc90.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see one of them:

  • Mfc90.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because mfc90.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
  • Cannot find [PATH]\mfc90.dll
  • This program can't start because mfc90.dll is missing from your computer.
  • The file mfc90.dll is missing.
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: mfc90.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

Mfc90.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

The mfc90.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix Mfc90.dll Errors

Do not download mfc90.dll from a "DLL download" website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file is a bad idea. If you need a copy of mfc90.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the mfc90.dll error.

  • Download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update and run it. This will replace/restore the mfc90.dll with the most recent copy provided by Microsoft.
    • You're given a few download options from Microsoft for this update, based on the version of Windows you have installed - x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit).
    • If you need the 32-bit version, download the file called vcredist_x86.exe. The 64-bit version is called vcredist_x64.exe. Most people can ignore the vcredist_ia64.exe download option (the one with "ia" in the name) since it's only relevant for Itanium CPUs which are normally used only on server hardware.

It's been reported by some users that select programs require the 32-bit install of the Redistributable Package even though you're running a 64-bit version of Windows. Keep that in mind if the install doesn't fix the mfc90.dll problem.

Try your best to complete this step. Applying this update is almost always the solution to this particular problem.

  • Restore mfc90.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" mfc90.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it. If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted mfc90.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover it with a free file recovery tool.

Recovering a deleted copy of mfc90.dll with a file recovery program is a smart idea only if you're confident you've deleted the file yourself and that it was working properly before you did that.

  • Run the sfc /scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the mfc90.dll file. If this DLL file is provided by Microsoft, the System File Checker tool should restore it.
  • Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some mfc90.dll errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file. It's even possible that the mfc90.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.
  • Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the mfc90.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.
  • Reinstall the program that's producing the mfc90.dll error. If one of these errors occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling that program might help.
  • Test your memory and then test your hard drive. I've left the majority of hardware troubleshooting to the last step, but your computer's memory and hard drive are easy to test and are the most likely components that might cause mfc90.dll errors as they fail.
  • Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual mfc90.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.
  • Perform a clean installation of Windows. A clean install of Windows will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the mfc90.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

All the information on your hard drive will be erased during a clean install. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the mfc90.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

Need More Help?

If you don't think fixing this problem yourself is working out too well, see How Do I Get My Computer Fixed? for a full list of your support options, plus help with everything along the way like figuring out repair costs, getting your files off, choosing a repair service, and a whole lot more.

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