Symptoms

Msvcr71.dll errors naturally enough relate to the Msvcr71.dll file. This usually indicates that the Msvcr71.dll has either been removed accidentally, or that it has otherwise become corrupted. However, in some cases, msvcr71.dll errors could also indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue or even occasionally a hardware failure.

Resolution

The Msvcr71.dll is a library file, in common with all DLL files, which are also known by their full name of Dynamic-link library files. They are quite important for the functioning of Windows, so when they become corrupt or are deleted by mistake then numerous issues can crop up. However, the problems related to DLL files disappearing or becoming inaccessible are thankfully not too difficult to resolve.

Because Windows is very reliant on DLL files, it is not particularly difficult to replace a malfunctioning Msvcr71.dll file. The missing DLL file can be downloaded directly from Microsoft themselves, or there are numerous other sites on the Internet that enable you to download Msvcr71.dll.

Firstly, if your system will not run correctly then you can attempt to activate safe mode. To run Windows in Safe Mode, restart your computer and press F8 (if you have Windows installed).

Check the Recycle Bin for the file. If you’ve accidentally deleted it then it can easily be restored.

If the file isn’t in the Recycle Bin then run a virus and malware scan. It is possible that the msvcr71.dll error is related to a virus, in which case the virus scan will eliminate the issue.

If this doesn’t work then you can use System Restore to undo recent system changes. System restore can be accessed through the Start menu. If you can’t run this normally then open the machine in Safe Mode. Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.

If you’re still experiencing problems then you can attempt to reinstall the program which utilises the msvcr71.dll file.

Should this be unsuccessful then you could attempt to update the drivers for hardware devices which may be related to msvcr71.dll.

The next thing to try if all other attempts have been unsuccessful is run a Windows Update. This should be done automatically, but this process can occasionally go awry. Open the Start menu, and then click Run. Type “wupdmgr” into the Run box, and then press enter. Follow the on-screen prompts to run Windows Update.

If there is still a problem then you could sse a free registry cleaner to repair msvcr71.dll-related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to remove invalid msvcr71.dll registry entries which might be causing the DLL error.

Finally, if all else fails, run the sfc /scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the msvcr71.dll file. This can be accessed through Start > Command Prompt. If the DLL file is provided my Microsoft, the System File Checker tool should restore it.