So I can't install Samsung Kies 1 and SmartSwitch as I get this error message when running the installer:

The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect

Full, untranslated message

Diese Anwendung konnte nicht gestartet werden, da die Side-by-Side-Konfiguration ungültig ist. Weitere informationen finden sie im Anwendungsereignisprotokoll. Weitere Details können auch mit dem Befehlszeilentool sxstrace.exe angezeigt werden.

I'm running a freshly-installed UEFI Windows 10 64Bit machine.

In the event log I see these errors (event id 33):

Activation context generation failed for "C:..\Smart_Switch_pc_setup.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

SxsTrace doesn't give me more info. All other installers (except these 2) that I have run by now have been running just fine.

Some things I already tried:

  • Restart
  • Running sfc /scannow
  • Deinstalling all Visual C++ Redistributables for 64Bit (2005-2015), restarting, reinstalling them, restarting again
  • Just installing Visual C++ Redistributable 2008 64Bit
  • Installing Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package ATL Security
  • Running the installer as admin
  • The registry changes detailed here (I only have 1 version nr which also is properly set)
  • Cleaning and reinstalling .NET Framework
  • Checking for Windows updates

Please help.



This message means the tool was compiled in Debug mode in Visual Studio 2008, so you need the VC++ 2008 Debug Runtime.

But this runtime is not allowed to be shared/redist via installer. So ask Samsung Support to release a new version of the software that is compiled in Release mode.

// Edit,

if it is MFC, install the 32Bit Visual C++ 2008 Runtime, because win32 = x86.

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  • Oh I made a mistake - it wasn't .DebugCRT but .MFC. Sorry and thanks anyways... – mYnDstrEAm Apr 3 '17 at 9:23
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    ok, I added the new link. you need the 32Bit DLL, not 64bit. – magicandre1981 Apr 3 '17 at 15:30
  • This fixed it - thank you! I thought I tried some 32Bit versions but apparently not the right (2008) one... – mYnDstrEAm Apr 5 '17 at 8:32

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