How to fix “code execution cannot proceed MSVCP140.dll was not found” on Windows 10

DLL files are small but exceptionally important files that apps on Windows 10 need to run. If these files are absent, or they’ve been corrupted, the app that needs them to run may become unstable, or it may not open at all. Fixing them isn’t always simple because the files can’t be installed like an app. They’re part of a runtime or a library and aren’t distributed individually.

Fix “code execution cannot proceed MSVCP140.dll was not found”

If you’re trying to open an app and you see the following error message, there are several things you can try to fix it.

Error message

The code execution cannot proceed because C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\ClickToRun\MSVCP140.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem

Before you proceed though, take note of which app you’re trying to open when you get the above error message.

1. Re-register DLL files

The error is basically a DLL file that is either missing or that the app is unable to find. In many cases, re-registring the DLL file can fix the problem.

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the path given in the error message.
  2. Look for the DLL file i.e., MSVCP140.dll.
  3. Hold down the Shift key and right-click the DLL file.
  4. From the context menu, select Copy as Path.
  5. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  6. Run the following command and replace the “path and filename of doll” with the path to the DLL file that you copied.
regsvr32 /u "path & filename of dll"
  1. Restart your system and run the app again.

2. Install/update Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package

If the MSVCP.dll file isn’t present at the path given in the error message, the previous method won’t work. Instead, what you need to do is make sure you have Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package installed, and that it’s up-to-date.

  1. Visit the official Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package distribution page.
  2. Expand the Other Tools and Frameworks section.
  3. Download the latest version of the redistribution package.
  4. Run the file and allow it to install.
  5. Once the installation is complete, run the app you were trying to open before and it should open.

3. Uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package

It is possible that you already have Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package installed but it is corrupted.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  3. Look for Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package, select it, and click Uninstall.
  4. Once Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package has been uninstalled, visit the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package page, and download the latest version.
  5. Install it, and restart the system.
  6. Launch the app you were trying to open before and it will open.

4. Reinstall the app

Installing and updating Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package and re-registering the DLL file won’t work if the app that you’re trying to open is corrupt. This can happen during updates or if you get a BSOD or the app crashes while it’s in use.

  1. Uninstall the app that is giving the error; open Control Panel and go to Programs>Uninstall a program.
  2. Look for the app, select it, and click Uninstall.
  3. Once the app has been uninstalled, download it again.
  4. Install the app, and restart the system.
  5. Run the app and it will open.

Conclusion

There is no telling what might cause problems with a DLL file but these files and any errors related to them will not result in data loss. They do indicate a corruption in the installation of either a distributable package or library or an app itself. If you have to fix the error over and over i.e., the DLL file keeps going missing or de-registring, it likely has to do with something that is corrupting it e.g., an update that’s failing to install. Examine what is running or being installed on your system and remove anything that tampers with libraries etc.

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How to automatically hide desktops icons on Windows 10

Desktop icons can be both distracting and a source of clutter. One simple way to keep the desktop clean is to make a habit of saving files to properly named directories instead of dumping them on the desktop. If you, for example, download images for wallpapers, you can leave them in the Downloads library, or dump them on the desktop. The best option though is to create a dedicated folder for the wallpapers and save them there to avoid creating clutter.

Hide desktops icons on Windows 10

You can keep the desktop clean but never putting anything on it is a bit hard. Windows 10 users instinctively put frequently used files, folders, and app shortcuts on the desktop. It serves as a great quick-launch location so it’s hard to not put something on it. To keep it looking clean though, you can choose to hide desktop icons when you’re trying to eliminate distractions.

1. Desktop context menu

Windows 10 has a built-in option that you can use to hide desktop icons. It’s accessible via the GUI and does not require running a command to enable/disable.

  1. Go to the desktop (do not access it in File Explorer).
  2. Right-click on an empty area on the desktop.
  3. From the context menu, select View>Show desktop icons.
  4. Uncheck the option to hide the desktop icons.
  5. Repeat the above process and check Show desktop icons when you want to get them back.

2. Automatically hide desktops icons

The stock Windows 10 option for hiding desktop icons is easy to use but it’s clumsy. It forces you to hide/unhide the icons which may disrupt work. To automatically hide desktop icons, use a free app called AutoHideDesktopIcons.

  1. Download either the installable or portable version of AutoHideDesktopIcons.
  2. Run the app.
  3. Under Preferences, disable the ‘Hide taskbar‘ option.
  4. In the set of options on the right, select how you want to show the desktop icons.
  5. Use the slider at the bottom left to choose the ‘inactivity’ period whereby, if you do not click (left, right, or middle) on the desktop, the desktop icons will automatically be hidden.
  6. Close the app and it will minimize to the system tray.
  7. The desktop icons will be hidden automatically when you do not click on the desktop.
  8. To show desktop icons again, click with the mouse.

Limitations

AutoHideDesktopIcons works great but it has one limitation. If you access the Desktop in File Explorer and try to organize, add, or remove files from it while the app is hiding icons, File Explorer will restart. A simple workaround to this is to organize items directly on the desktop after the icons have been set to show, or to first show them and then organize them from File Explorer.

Conclusion

Hiding icons on the desktop on Windows 1o isn’t hard. There are plenty of apps, free and paid, that do the job. There are also scripts that can perform the same function. It boils down to what’s easy to use and doesn’t interrupt the workflow.

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How to enable Windows spell checker in Chrome

Spell check as a feature is available on most desktop and mobile platforms. In some cases, apps that are multi-purpose and exceptionally popular will add their own spell checker. Chrome has one and it’s pretty good considering it uses the same AI that is used on Android.

Chrome runs on all three major desktop operating systems; Windows, macOS, and Linux and its spell checker works just as well across all three. That said, if you’re not satisfied with Chrome’s built-in spell checker, you can use the Windows spell checker in Chrome instead. You can also use both the Windows spell checker and Chrome’s own spell checker.

Windows spell checker in Chrome

Make sure you’re running Chrome 77 or later.

  1. Open Chrome and enter the following in the URL bar. Tap Enter.
chrome://flags/
  1. On the Chrome flags page, enter ‘Use the Windows OS spell checker’ in the search bar, and tap Enter.
  2. Open the dropdown next to the flag, and select Enabled.
  3. Relaunch Chrome.
  4. Chrome will now use the Windows spell checker.
  5. Open the Settings app.
  6. Go to Devices>Typing.
  7. Turn on ‘Autocorrect misspelled words as I type’, and turn on ‘Highlight misspelled words’.

Hybrid spell checker in Chrome

The Windows spell checker may not always be the best. In some cases, it may work well for some languages but as well for others. In that case, you can have Chrome use the Windows spell checker when it can but revert to the Chrome spell checer tool if the Windows tool isn’t available for a language.

  1. Make sure you’ve already enabled the Windows spell checker in Chrome by following the steps in the previous section.
  2. Open Chrome and in the URL bar, enter the following and tap Enter.
chrome://flags/
  1. Look for a flag called Use hybrid spell checking on Windows. Open the dropdown next to it, and select Enabled.
  2. Relaunch Chrome.
  3. The hybrid spell checker is now enabled in Chrome.

How hybrid spell check works

Hybrid spell check will not let you jump between the Windows spell checker and the Hunspell engine that Chrome uses. The Chrome engine will only kick in if you’re using a language that the Windows spell checker tool doesn’t support. You cannot switch spell checking tools on the fly but enabling or disabling the Windows spell checker is easy.

Conclusion

The Chrome spell check tool isn’t bad but if you write a lot of documents on your desktop and the Windows spell checker tool comes in handy, then it already knows quite a bit about your typing habits. Enabling it in Chrome can give you a better experience simply because it knows you better.

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How to install Apple Mobile Device Support without iTunes on Windows 10

If you use an iPhone, you probably also have to use iTunes with it. It is one of the few ways you can add music from your desktop system to your phone. In many cases, you cannot even access the camera roll on an iPhone unless you have iTunes installed. Most problems that you have when you connect an iPhone to a Windows 10 system can be fixed by installing iTunes.

iTunes isn’t the greatest app. In fact, there are third-party apps that allow you to manage the files on an iPhone. The only reason everyone on a non-Apple desktop is forced to install iTunes is that it installs drivers necessary to connect an iPhone.

Install Apple Mobile Device Support without iTunes

If you want to install Apple Mobile Device Support on Windows 10 without iTunes, there are two things you can try.

1. Apple Mobile Device Support – Windows update

Windows 10 automatically installs drivers when new hardware is connected and an iPhone is no exception. Make sure you have an authentic Apple or Apple-approved data cable for your iPhone on hand.

  1. Make sure your Windows 10 system is connected to the internet.
  2. Connect the iPhone to your Windows 10 system.
  3. You will hear the familiar new-hardware detected sound and Windows 10 will download drivers.
  4. Wait for a desktop alert/notification to tell you the device is ready to use.
  5. Open the Settings app.
  6. Go to Apps>Apps & features.
  7. Scroll through the list of installed apps and look for Apple Mobile Device Support. It should be installed.

2. Apple Mobile Device Support – iTunes executable

If Windows 10 doesn’t install Apple Mobile Device Support when you connect your iPhone to your system, you can install it from the iTunes executable file without actually installing iTunes itself.

  1. Download and install 7-zip.
  2. Download the iTunes executable file from Apple. Click Download iTunes 12.4.3 for Windows and save the executable file.
  3. Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder the iTunes executable has been saved to. Right-click it and select Open With>7-Zip.
  4. In the 7-zip window that opens, select AppleApplicationSupport.msi and AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi. Click the Extract button at the top and choose a folder to extract the files to.
  5. Run the AppleApplicationSupport.msi and allow it to install files.
  6. Next, run AppleMobileDeviceSupport64.msi and allow it to finish installing the driver.
  7. Restart the system.
  8. Open the Settings app.
  9. Go to Apps and look for Apple Mobile Device Support. It should show up and you will be able to connect the iPhone easily.

Conclusion

The Apple Mobile Device Support drivers are needed even if you use a non-Apple app to manage files on your iPhone. Some apps may be able to install this driver when they’re installed but it’s a good idea to know how to manually install them.

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How to Reset PC on Windows 10 When Automatic Resetting Fails

Windows 10 allows users to modify a lot of the operating system’s default behavior. There are a number of apps that can change how the OS looks and users can tweak the registry to change the look and behavior of Windows 10. All that customization is great but you are basically making changes to the OS which might render it unstable. Likewise, apps make changes to the registry. A malicious app will definitely modify it and undoing the change might be impossible.

Reset this PC not working on Windows 10

If the OS becomes too unstable, you get one too many BSODs, or it’s been infected to a point where it cannot be saved, the nuclear option is to reset the system. Windows 10 has a built-in option to reset the PC but this option can fail. If you’re having trouble resetting your system, try the fixes below.

1. Run system file checker

When you utilize the reset option Windows 10, you’re basically relying on the files that are already present on the system. If you’re having trouble resetting your system, try an SFC scan.

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin rights.
  2. Enter the following command, and tap the Enter key.
sfc/scannow
  1. Allow the scan to finish and then try the reset again.

2. Reset after a Clean boot

A clean boot disables services that aren’t integral to running Windows 10. It is possible that these services are in some way causing problems with the reset so try a reset from a clean boot.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run box, enter ‘msconfig’ and tap Enter. This will open the System Configuration window.
  3. On the General tab, enable Selective Startup.
  4. Disable/uncheck the Load startup items under Selective Startup.
  5. Move to the Services tab.
  6. Select Hide all Microsoft services at the bottom.
  7. Click the ‘Disable all’ button.
  8. Click Apply and close the window.
  9. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
  10. Go to the Startup tab. Disable all items.
  11. Restart your system and try to reset it.

3. Repair and reset

Trouble resetting the system usually means that it has been damaged quite a bit. You will have to repair it to some extent before you can reset it. Try running a startup repair, and then reset your system.

  1. Open the Start menu and click Power.
  2. Hold down the Shift key and click Restart. You will boot to the Troubleshoot menu.
  3. Go to Advanced Options>Startup Repair.
  4. Allow the repair to finish and boot back to the desktop. Try the reset again.

4. Repair the Master Boot Record (MBR)

The Master Boot Record, or MBR, is where the OS loads when you run it. It’s also where information about the partitions of your HDD or SSD is stored. Specifically, it tells the OS where to look for certain files. If it’s corrupted or damaged, you can run into all sorts of problems.

  1. Open the Start Menu and select the Power button.
  2. Hold down Shift on the keyboard, and click Restart in the power menu.
  3. On the Troubleshoot screen, go to Advanced Options>Command Prompt.
  4. In Command Prompt, run the following commands, one-by-one.
bootrec /FixMbr
bootrec /FixBoot
bootrec /ScanOs
bootrec /RebuildBcd
  1. Reboot to the desktop and try the reset again.

5. Reset with installation media

If the reset continues to fail, you will need to create installation media and use it to reset the system.

  1. Download the Windows 10 media creation tool, and use it to create an installation disk for Windows 10.
  2. Once the disk has been created, remove and insert it again.
  3. Open File Explorer and go to This PC.
  4. Open the USB disk that you created, and run setup.exe.
  5. Go through the initial steps i.e., check for updates and accept the license. When prompted to, select the option to remove everything i.e. apps and files. Continue with the installation.
  6. When you boot back to your system, you will have an almost fresh installation of Windows 10. The only residue from the previous installation will be a Windows.old folder in the C drive.

6. Format and fresh installation

An in-place installation like the one in the previous method will almost always guarantee a perfect OS however, it doesn’t format the C drive and some problems can remain after the fact. If your new OS is still giving you trouble, format the drive and try a fresh install.

  1. Creat Windows 10 installation media using the Media Creation tool.
  2. Shut down the system.
  3. Connect the USB drive/installation media to your system, and set it as the first boot device from BIOS.
  4. Boot from the disk and proceed with the installation.
  5. When prompted to select the disk you want to install Windows 10 on, format it first, and then proceed with the installation.
  6. Windows 10 will install and it will not have any problems that the old installation had.

Conclusion

A system reset can fail for any number of reasons. It is not an incorruptible tool and problems on the disk can prevent it from working. In that case, the fail-safe method is to use installation media.

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