Api-ms-win-crt-runtime is a file that takes the responsibility to ensure proper functioning and operation of the Windows Operating System. Without the file, it is difficult to launch or update windows. If in case you are unable to start your computer system or the program on your system does not work properly, it simply states that the Universal CRT of the Visual C++ Redistributable has failed operations due to improper installation. In the same scenario, when the program is not able to work properly, the other common reason is that this important file is missing or the file is incompatible or has been corrupted. Now, when without this file you cannot open or update Windows then of course there is no need to mention how important the file is.

You may receive the runtime error while opening the following software:

Before we get into understanding how to fix the error, let us learn what api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll actually stands for:

In the error code,

  • API stands for Application Program Interface
  • MS stands for Microsoft Office
  • WIN stands for Windows Internet Naming
  • CRT stands for Cathode Ray Tube
  • DLLstands for Dynamic Link Libraries

Now, talking about the error, if there is a problem there has to be a solution to the same. There are many supporting guides and principles to help you resolve this runtime error. However, for your assistance here we give you the right understanding of how to fix the error.

There are four different ways of fixing the error:

  1. Update window and install the software
  2. From Microsoft download Visual C++ Redistributable
  3. Repair the Visual C++ Redistributable
  4. Copy the file from any other PC

Now, let’s get deeper into understanding different ways of fixing the error:

Update window and install the software

Fixing the error through windows update is one of the best ways. Follow the steps to update windows and fix the error:

  • From the start menu of your computer, look for ‘Update’
  • After that click on ‘Check for Updates’
  • Windows automatically works to check for all the updates taking place on the computer system
    • If in case you are working on windows 10, then the updates are automatically installed with immediate effect
    • If in case you are working on a lower version of windows, then you have to further select ‘Install for Updates’
  • A dialogue box will open to prompt you for restarting your computer
  • Do the same and let your computer restart
  • Once restart, check for the updates
  • For the error, the system will read ‘Fix’

From Microsoft download Visual C++ Redistributable

The second way of fixing the error is through Microsoft with the help of Visual C++ Redistributable for the software Visual Studio 2015. Follow the steps below to fix the error in this way:

  • Go to the download page Visual Studio 2015
  • Scroll for the download button
  • Click “Download”
  • Based on the system configuration choose the bits available from the list
  • Then to install, run the .exe file that you receive after the download
  • When you run the downloaded file you get instructions to complete the installation process
  • Follow the instructions
  • Open the program when installation is complete
  • Now open the program that showed you the error
  • The problem won’t persist now

Repair the Visual C++ Redistributable

Repairing the visual C++ redistributable is another way to fix the runtime error. Following the steps below to repair and resolve the error:

  • From the start menu of your computer system open the control panel
  • In the control panel search for ‘Programs and Features’
  • Click on the received search
  • Then from the list of programs and features search for ‘Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable’
  • Click on the program
  • A window opens where you look for ‘Change’ and click ‘Change’
  • Click ‘Repair’ and a repair wizard opens
  • Follow the instructions on the wizard to complete the repairing process
  • Once the repair is completed processed, open the program
  • You won’t find any runtime error now

Copy the File from another PC

If you feel none of the above methods have helped you fix the error, then there is one more effective option left that you can perform yourself. Follow the steps below to fix the error using this method:

  • Go and look for another PC where the same system of window is installed. It can be your sibling, friend, business associate, or any relative, take any laptop of the same window system.
  • Then look for the runtime file in the other PC
  • To look for the file, press the windows logo key with E
  • It will open the file explorer
  • Then go to the C drive, then Windows and then System (Here the configuration may vary so search for the file within this search space)
  • Type the ‘api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll’
  • Press ‘Enter’ and the file will open
  • Copy the runtime file and paste it at the same location in your computer
  • Now, restart the program that was showing the error
  • You will not encounter a problem now

However, one drawback with this method of fixing the error is that every computer does not have a DLL file that you look to restore. Hence, the method is not effective or successful always.

Read the article to better understand how to fix the error. If you fail to find a solution to your problem and are unable to make any updates on your Windows then it is best advised to take the problem to software professional who will be in a better state to help you by resolving your query and fixing all the concerned issues.