Direct way to fix MSVCP120.dll is missing error on your Windows 11 & 10

The DLL file is very popular among Windows users, and it doesn’t need an introduction because the windows operating system and installed apps are based on this file and if any one of the files goes missing, corrupted, damaged, deleted, or replaced by another program, your pc will start facing the problem like msvcp110.dll not found, msvcp120.dll is missing, msvcp140.dll is missing, msvcr110.dll is missing, msvcr120.dll is missing, etc.
Error Message:

The program can’t start because MSVCP120.dll is missing from your computer
The code execution cannot proceed because msvcp120.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem.
Error loading msvcp120.dll. The specified module could not be found.

These DLL files are very important for running Windows operating system smoothly, installing and running third-party apps, and launching a program. Most of the windows-based applications are developed by using the shared windows library files that allow apps to access and use the various types of Windows features. These shared files are the DLL files, and it is packed under a package called Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library.

Most of the games, server applications, utility apps, and security programs rely on the MSVC++ package and if you investigate the Add or remove the program, you will find various msvcp packages are already installed on your pc. Never delete or uninstall these packages from the control panel otherwise you will start getting the error msvcp120.dll is missing or msvcp120.dll not found on your computer.
 

What kind of problem, you will face if you have a missing DLL error?

Well, it is noticeable when any of DLL file goes missing from your computer. Your computer will begin showing you error messages, unable to open apps, app crashes issues, problems in installing apps and games, apps not responding, etc. As mentioned above the DLL file is very crucial for windows systems and running apps so the missing dll file is well noticeable and you will have to fix it first if you want to run your apps correctly.
 

What is the msvcp120.dll file?

The msvcp120.dll file is a shared dll file, member of the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library package and it is used by several third-party apps in the Windows system. The size of this file is tiny, around 644 KB and it is available for both version 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) OS. The default location of this file is the System32 folder as you can see in the image below.
msvcp120_dll_location
 

Why msvcp120.dll file is missing error?

It is nearly impossible to tell you why you are exactly getting msvcp120.dll is missing error but I can surely tell you why you are supposed to get this error. Most, this problem arrives when msvcp120.dll file gets corrupted or damaged, deleted mistakenly, misplaced, or replaced when installing third-party apps, no suitable msvcr package are installed, registry entry for this file is wrong, virus/trojan/malware attack on your pc, outdated windows systems, and outdated drivers, etc.
Apart from it, there may be dozens of reasons that can raise the missing dll problem on your computer like improper or sudden power off to your PC, force shut down the computer by keeping pressing the power button while your PC is installing updates, installing incompatible software or drivers, after installing latest updates, after upgrading your PC to a higher version, etc. Now, you know much about this file, and this time to fix this issue and run your apps effortlessly.
 

How to fix msvcp120.dll not found error?

When you go troubleshooting any dll problem, you must have sound knowledge of Windows settings and should have a higher understanding of the Windows 11/10 operating system. If you feel, you don’t understand the operating system at pro level, you can just fix it by using the automated software which is mentioned in Method 1, otherwise, you can manually fix this problem using the subsequent method.

Method 1: Fix using Advanced System Repair Tool

If you want to fix missing DLL errors with ease and along with it want to optimize your computer, update all the windows components and drivers, repair registry files, fix missing system files and repair several other computer errors, you must install Advanced System Repair Tool. This tool is a good doctor of your pc that runs silently and fix system problems and gives you a hassle-free work environment on your computer.

Method 2: Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package for 2013

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package for 2013 contains the msvcp120.dll file so installing this package may resolve your computer problem. You can easily download and install it from the official Microsoft website. It is free to download, install and use and does not contain viruses (only install from the official Microsoft website).

Step 1: Search in google for “download Microsoft visual c++ redistributable package for 2013” or open the following Microsoft link to download this file.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=40784

Step 2: Select your Language and then click on the Download button.

download_msvcp_2013

Step 3: Select the file according to your system architecture. If you are using 64-bit OS select vcredist_x64.exe and choose vcredist_x86 for 32-bit architecture and then click on the Next button to start downloading.

download_msvcp_2013

Step 4: After downloading this file, click on this file to install it. Accept Terms & Conditions and click on the Install button to start Installing.
Step 5: After installing the msvcp package, reboot your pc and then try to run the application again which is showing msvcp120.dll error prior.

Method 3: Repair existing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package.

If installing msvcp package for 2013 didn’t help you a lot, then try to repair all the existing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package from the Control panel. Most of the msvcp packages are already installed on your computer and when you install updates or another third-party app, these packages need to be repaired again if you get any missing dll file errors. When you repair these msvcp package, it re-registers the containing DLL files so the third-party apps can access these files again easily.
Here is the detailed guide on how to Repair Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package.

Method 4: Copy the DLL file from another computer or location and register it.

This is also the easiest method to fix msvcp120.dll not found error from your computer. Just copy this dll file from another location from your computer or ask your friend for this DLL file and paste it in your system to the specified location and then register it through the command prompt. As it seems difficult, believe me it is not. Just follow the given steps and resolve this problem.

Step 1: Go to This PC > C:\Windows directory and then search for msvcp120.dll file. If you don’t find this file anywhere, you can download it from this site at your own risk.

https://www.dll-files.com/msvcp120.dll.html

Step 2: Copy this file and paste in C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Step 3: Register this DLL file using the Administrative Command Prompt. Open Administrative command prompt and execute the following command.

regsvr32 msvcp120.dll

Step 4: Reboot your PC and try to run victim apps again.

Method 5: Run System File checker tool to fix missing file error automatically.

You can also use the system file checker tool to scan and fix any missing system file error from your computer. This tool is inbuilt in Microsoft Windows and can be used using the command window.

Step 1: Launch Administrative Command prompt.

Step 2: Copy and Paste the following command to execute the System file checker tool.

sfc /scannow
sfc scan now

Apart from it, you can also re-install the affected apps to resolve this issue.

Summary

If you are facing msvcp120.dll not found an error on your Windows 10/11 computer, then you can simply follow the guidelines given in this article and easily fix this problem.