How To Fix Msvcp80.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Msvcp80.dll Errors

Msvcp80.dll Error Message
Msvcp80.dll Error Message.

Msvcp80.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the msvcp80 DLL file.

In some cases, msvcp80.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue or even a hardware failure.

There are several different ways that msvcp80.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see msvcp80.dll errors:

Msvcp80.dll Not Found
This application failed to start because msvcp80.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Cannot find [PATH]\msvcp80.dll
The file msvcp80.dll is missing.
Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: msvcp80.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

Msvcp80.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 msvcp80.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

The msvcp80.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

How To Fix Msvcp80.dll Errors

Important: Do not download msvcp80.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 msvcp80.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 msvcp80.dll error.

  • Download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update and run it. This will replace/restore the msvcp80.dll with the most recent copy provided by Microsoft. You're given several download options from Microsoft for this update, based on the version of Windows you have installed - x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit). See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? for help if you're not sure what to choose 

Try your best to complete this step. Applying this update is almost always the solution to msvcp80.dll errors.

Recovering a deleted copy of msvcp80.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.

  • Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual msvcp80.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.
  • Use a free registry cleaner to repair msvcp80.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid msvcp80.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.​

Registry cleaners should be used as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.

  • 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 msvcp80.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 msvcp80.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

Need More Help?

If you're not interested in fixing this problem yourself, even with help, 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.