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How to install vcruntime140.dll without admin rights?

I am looking to install this library on an older microsoft surface 3 tablet. For some reason, the alpine mail client requires this dll (I'm not using Python).

The file is illegal or something? Or illegal to share? That seems questionable, but is what the answers on that question indicate.

I have admin access to Windows 10.



this looks to be related to installing C++ -- which isn't going to work on a tablet. (Or so I'd expect.)

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    There's no reason Visual C++ cannot be installed on a tablet. What leads you believe it will? Have you just tried installing the Visual C runtime? That's how this file is usually delivered, and absent a good reason, the way it ought to be delivered. Jul 19 at 3:41
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    I think he needs this one first: microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=52685 Jul 19 at 3:42
  • I think @Ramhound hit the nail on the head. the salient point here is the processor. pretty sure it's not x86. Jul 19 at 3:49
  • storage one these devices is limited @music2myear so while it might install, I certainly wouldn't want to run an IDE on a tablet! Just need the dll so far as I know. Jul 19 at 3:51
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    @NicholasSaunders It's a redistributable package. It's not an IDE, SDK etc. - just a bundle of libraries required to run software built with Visual C++. Don't overthink it.
    – gronostaj
    Jul 19 at 6:44

You can't selectively drop a .dll from a Microsoft (or others) runtime library into %windir%\system32 or the bin folder of an application, and expect an application to work.

vcruntime140.dll is a component of the Microsoft C++ runtime library. Each of the DLL's in this library will be inter-dependant, meaning you'll be playing a game of whack-a-mole for the next few days, dropping in DLL's it depends on.

To prove this, open vcruntime140.dll with Depends.exe/Depenedancy Walker and await the results. It'll show you the intricate web woven between the DLL's in the library.

[I'll update the answer with the output of depends.exe, once it's finished its analysis]

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