msvcr80.dll is a file used by Windows to help control the “Visual C Runtime Library” on your system. Although this file is continually being used by your PC to help it run as smoothly and effectively as possible, it is often causing a huge number of errors which will prevent your computer from loading up as reliably and smoothly as possible. The good news for this error is that you can fix it relatively easily by repairing the various problems which will first cause it to show. Here’s what you need to do…
What Is The Msvcr80.dll Error & Why Does It Show?
The Msvcr80.dll error you’re seeing will most likely show in this format:
This application has failed to start because MSVCR80.dll was not found. Re-installing the application might fix the problem.
The error is caused by your computer being unable to correctly read the file on your PC. This can either be caused by a specific piece of software overwriting / damaging the file, or by the file somehow becoming misplaced on your system. If you want to resolve the error, you need to first ensure that you can fix the various software issues that are causing it, along with any problems with Windows which may also be leading it to show.
How To Fix The Msvcr80.dll Error
Step 1 – Re-Install Any Programs Causing The Error
The easiest way to fix this problem is to re-install any program that’s causing the error, as this will replace any damaged copy of the msvcr80.dll file on your system with a new one. This can be done by following the steps here:
- Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs
- Locate the program causing the error
- Click “Remove” next to it
- Follow the uninstall process to remove the game from your PC
- Restart your PC
- Install the program again
This process will basically remove all the infected files that the damaged program used, allowing your computer to run without the error you’re seeing. This will fix the error for most computers but if it does not, please continue onto the steps below:
Step 2 – Reinstall The “.NET Framework” On Your PC
The .NET framework is the software which places the msvcr80.dll file onto your PC, and is continually being used by the likes of Microsoft Office & other programs to load up a variety of advanced features and settings. Although .NET is widely proclaimed to be one of the most important parts of the Windows system, it’s not packaged with Windows installations and needs to be installed separately to enable all the advanced options that .NET can bring. Unfortunately, this framework can become damaged, leading to the mscr80.dll error to appear on your system as a result. To fix this, you should reinstall .NET with this tutorial below:
- Download the latest version of .NET
- When downloaded, install the program on your PC
- Restart your computer
This will either upgrade or install the .NET program onto your system, allowing you to quickly get your PC running as smoothly and reliably as possible again. This will replace any instances of the msvcr80.dll file, remedying any errors it may have had.
Step 2 – Manually Replace steam.dll On Your PC
If you still get the error after reinstalling the software on your system, it suggests you have a problem with the msvcr80.dll file itself. You may wish to then try this procedure to replace the file & correct the issue on your PC:
2) Unzip the msvcr80.dll file onto your computer’s hard drive
3) Locate the current steam.dll on your system
(will likely be in C:\Windows\System32)
4) Rename the current msvcr80.dll to steamBACKUP.dll
5) Copy & paste the new steam.dll into C:\Windows\System32
6) Click Start > Run (Or search”run” on Vista & Win7)
7 ) Type “cmd” in the box that appears
8 ) Type “regsvr32 -u msvcr80.dll” on the black screen & Press Enter
9) Type “regsvr32 msvcr80.dll” on the black screen
10) Press enter
This will basically replace the steam.dll file on your system, which should correct any issues the file may have developed on your PC. This generally works to fix most cases of DLL errors, but may not work for you.
Step 4 – Clean Out The “Registry”
One of the main causes of msvcr80.dll errors is actually Windows itself… and more specifically, a central part of Windows called the “registry”. This is a database which stores all the settings and options which Windows uses to run, and is the place where the likes of your desktop wallpaper, latest emails and login details are stored. Although the registry is easily one of the most important parts of the Windows system, it’s also the main cause of a lot of DLL errors on your PC. The problem is that the registry contains a large list of DLL files which all your software uses to run (that’s why you need to “register” a dll on your computer in order for it to be usable). The list of DLL files on your PC may be extremely important, but is continually getting damaged – leading your computer to run much slower and with a lot of errors as a result. In order to fix this problem, it’s recommended you use a “registry cleaner” tool to scan through your system and fix any potential registry errors which are leading the steam.dll error to show. This should stop the msvcr80.dll error on your PC and prevent any further errors from occurring.