How to reinstall msvcr71 dll

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How to reinstall msvcr71 dll
Reinstall MSVCR71.DLL to prevent frustrating computer errors. (Computer-Crash image by kuhar from

Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files provide many Windows programs with essential information that they need to function correctly. Many DLL files come with Windows and are located in the Windows system folder from the time that the operating system is installed. MSVCR71.dll is a DLL file that is used by a number of applications from Microsoft as well as non-Microsoft programs. Office 2002 and 2003 use this file if they also include Microsoft C++.NET, for instance. If you are missing the MSVCR71 DLL file you can reinstall it.

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  1. 1

    Download a new copy of the MSVCR71.DLL file and save it to the desktop of your computer (see link in Resources).

  2. 2

    Extract the MSVCR71.DLL file from the downloaded ZIP file. Right-click on the file and select "Extract All." Click the "Browse" button and select the directory of the program that is requesting the DLL file.

  3. 3

    Allow Windows to overwrite any existing MSVCR71.DLL file in the directory. Reboot your computer when the extraction is complete.

  4. 4

    Open a Command Prompt. Click the Windows logo and enter the command "cmd" in the "Search" field for Windows Vista or Windows 7. Press "Enter." Click the "Start" button and then choose "Run" for Windows XP or an earlier version of Windows. Type "cmd" into the "Open" box and press "Enter."

  5. 5

    Type the command "regsvr32 {path}\msvcr71.dll" at the command prompt where "{path}" is the full path to the location where you extracted the DLL file ("C:\application\" for instance). Restart the computer again.

Tips and warnings

  • If extracting the DLL to the program directory doesn't solve the problem, try extracting it to your Windows system folder ("C:\Windows\system32" for instance).

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