When you open a program such as Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, and Skype on your Windows computer, you may see an error message saying “The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”
Reasons of api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll Missing
This message means that the KB2999226 (Universal CRT), part of the Visual C++ Redistributable, has failed to be installed properly or that the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file has been missing or become corrupted.
This error should be annoying, and you can’t launch your programs because of it. If you encountered the problem, the following three ways may help you solve it.
Solutions 1: Windows Update
In many cases, the KB2999226 update is included in Windows Update. So you can perform a Windows update to fix the error by some simple steps.
1. Get into Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
2. Click on Check for updates.
Then your computer will check for available updates and download them automatically.
Solution 2: Download Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015
As we mentioned above, the KB2999226 (Universal CRT) is part of the Visual C++ Redistributable. It is completely reasonable to fix the problem by downloading and installing Visual C++ Redistributable. You’d better go to Microsoft’s official website to download if you want to use this method. Here are steps to do that.
1. Navigate to Microsoft download website for Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015.
2. Click the Download button.
3. Choose to download x64.exeif you have a Windows 64-bit system, and vc-redist86.exe for Windows 32-bit system. Then click Next.
4. Run the downloaded exe file and select Uninstall.
5. Run the exe again and select Install.
Follow the installation wizard to install it. After it is installed, open the program again to see if the problem is solved.
Solution 3: download update for universal C runtime
Download the update for Universal C Runtime from Microsoft. After you went to this website, choose the right version according to your system. Remember that x86-based versions are for Windows 32-bit system and that x64-based versions are for Windows 32-bit system. Install the Runtime component and restart your computer and see if the error message disappeared.
Hope the above three ways can fix your problem if you has api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll missing problem. After you applied these solutions, you should be able to open the program normally.