How to Fix Msvbvm60.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Msvbvm60.dll Errors

Msvbvm60.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the msvbvm60 DLL file.

In some cases, msvbvm60.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

The msvbvm60.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.

Msvbvm60.dll Errors

msvbvm60.dll error message in Windows

There are several different ways that msvbvm60.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see msvbvm60.dll errors.

  • Msvbvm60.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because msvbvm60.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
  • Cannot find [PATH]\msvbvm60.dll
  • The file msvbvm60.dll is missing
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: msvbvm60.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again

Msvbvm60.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 context of the msvbvm60.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

How to Fix Msvbvm60.dll Errors

Do not download msvbvm60.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 msvbvm60.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 msvbvm60.dll error.

  1. Restore msvbvm60.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" msvbvm60.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted msvbvm60.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover msvbvm60.dll with a free file recovery program.

    Recovering a deleted copy of msvbvm60.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.

  2. Download the Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Redistribution Pack from Microsoft. After installing this VB6 run-time pack, the msvbvm60.dll should be restored to its original location.

    Try your best to complete this step. This program is the official source of the msvbvm60.dll file, so it should fix any DLL errors related to this file.

  3. Run the sfc/scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the msvbvm60.dll file. Since this DLL file is provided by Microsoft, the System File Checker tool should restore it.

  4. Reinstall the program that uses the msvbvm60.dll file
    . If the msvbvm60.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.

    Completing Step 2 should be enough to put the msvbvm60.dll file where it needs to be, but some programs might require that the DLL file exist in a different folder from where the VB6 installer puts it. Reinstalling the software that needs msvbvm60.dll should fix this.

  5. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to msvbvm60.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file msvbvm60.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

    The msvbvm60.dll file may or may not be related to video cards—this was just an example. The key here is to pay very close attention to the context of the error and troubleshoot accordingly.

  6. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some msvbvm60.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 msvbvm60.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.

  7. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the msvbvm60.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.

  8. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version
    if msvbvm60.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  9. Install any available Windows updates
    . Many service packs and other patches replace or update some of the hundreds of Microsoft distributed DLL files on your computer. The msvbvm60.dll file could be included in one of those updates.

  10. Test your memory
    and then test your hard drive. We'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 msvbvm60.dll errors as they fail.

    If the hardware fails any of your tests, replace the memory or replace the hard drive as soon as possible.

  11. Repair your installation of Windows
    . If the individual msvbvm60.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  12. Use a free registry cleaner
    to repair msvbvm60.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid msvbvm60.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

    We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners, but we've included the option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.

  13. 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 msvbvm60.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 msvbvm60.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  14. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any msvbvm60.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

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