Do you know what to do when you encounter the msvbvm50.dll missing error? If you don’t know, then you should read this post offered by MiniTool Solution carefully. You can find multiple effective methods to deal with the error.

Introduction to Msvbvm50.dll Missing

As you can see, msvbvm50.dll is a type of DLL file, which is related to Visual Basic Virtual Machine and is responsible for running Visual Basic Virtual Machine based applications. With the file, you can run 32-bit programs on 64-bit systems.

You may meet the msvbvm50.dll not found error because of registry issues, virus or malware problems, or hardware failures. What’s more, you can even meet the error during the use or installation of certain applications, Windows startup or shutdown, or during the installation of Windows.

In addition, the msvbvm50.dll missing error may appear on any program or system that may use the file on any of Microsoft’s system (Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10).

And when you encounter the error, there are some different error messages that show on your computer screen. Some of them are shown below:

  • The program can't start because msvbvm50.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
  • This application failed to start because msvbvm50.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
  • Cannot start {program}. A required component is missing: msvbvm50.dll. Please install {program} again.

So how to fix the msvbvm50.dll missing error? The methods are shown below. Although all the screenshots were taken on Windows 10, most of these methods are applicable to different versions of the Windows system.

Tip: You should log on to your computer as an administrator and make sure that the Internet is stable before you adopt the methods below.

Method 1: Restore Msvbvm50.dll from the Recycle Bin

Sometimes, you may delete the msvbvm50.dll file by accident, so the first and simplest method you should try to fix the missing msvbvm50.dll error is to restore the msvbvm50.dll file from the Recycle Bin.

Find the msvbvm50.dll file in the Recycle Bin and then right-click it to choose Restore. Then relaunch the program that triggers the error message to check if the error still appears.

And if you have already removed everything in the Recycle Bin, then you can read this post - To Complete Recycle Bin Recovery, This Is What You Should Know.

Method 2: Reinstall the Program That Uses the Msvbvm50.dll File

When the msvbvm50.dll missing error message occurs, it said that you should reinstall the program. Therefore, you can try to reinstall the program that uses the msvbvm50.dll file so that solving the problem.

Then try to start the program again to see if the error still exists.

Method 3: Download Msvbvm50.dll from Microsoft

If the two methods above cannot fix the msvbvm50.dll missing error, then you can download the msvbvm50.dll file from Microsoft. And after you have downloaded the msvbvm50.exe file, double-click it to install the msvbvm50.dll file to the right location. Then check whether the error is gone.

Method 4: Run a Full Virus/Malware Scan

Malware and viruses are the culprits of many system errors, therefore, when the msvbvm50.dll missing Windows 10 error appears, you can check if there is any virus or malware on your computer that causes damage to the DLL file.

Although there is a lot of third-party antivirus software that you can use, Windows Defender, a powerful built-in feature, can also help you run a full virus/malware scan. Here is a quick guide:

Step 1: Click Start and then click Settings. Then choose Update & Security.

Step 2: Go to the Windows Security tab and then choose Virus & threat protection under Protection areas.

Step 3: Click Scan options and then check Full scan. Click Scan now.

run a full virus/malware scan

Step 4: Wait until the process completed, then you can see whether there is any virus or malware. If there is, use Windows Defender to fix it.

If Windows Defender is blocked by Group Policy, then you can also use other third-party antivirus tools to run a virus/malware scan.

Method 5: Make Changes to the Driver

You can also try to make changes to the driver. If the driver is outdated, corrupted or incompatible with your system, then the msvbvm50.dll not found Windows 10 error may appear.

Update the Driver

Let’s take an example, if you meet the msvbvm50.dll missing error when you play audio, then you should try to update your sound driver. Here is a quick guide:

Step 1: Press the Win + X keys to choose Device Manager.

Step 2: Expand Sound, video and game controllers and then right-click your sound device to choose Update driver.

update the driver

Step 3: Select Search automatically for updated driver software and then follow the instructions showing on the screen to finish updating the driver.

Step 4: Restart your computer and then check if the error still persists.

Roll Back a Driver

If you get the error message after you updated a particular hardware device’s driver, then you should roll back the driver. Let’s take the sound driver as an example, too.

Step 1: Find your sound device in the Device Manager and then right-click it to choose Properties.

Step 2: Go to the Driver tab and then click Roll Back Driver. Then follow the onscreen instructions to finish the process.

roll back a driver

Step 3: Restart your system to check if the error is fixed.

Method 6: Run the SFC Tool

Running the System File Checker tool can also help you replace the missing or corrupted copy of the msvbvm50.dll file. Follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Type cmd in the Search bar and then right-click Command Prompt to choose Run as administrator.

Step 2: Type sfc /scannow in the window and then press Enter.

run the SFC tool

Step 3: Wait for the process to complete, and if there is any corrupted file, this tool will fix them automatically.

Step 4: Restart your computer to check if the error is fixed.

Method 7: Update Windows

Keeping your Windows system up to date can prevent many problems from appearing. So you can check if there are any available Windows updates, and if there are, install them. Follow the instructions to check for updates:

Step 1: Open Settings and then select Update & Security.

Step 2: Choose Windows Update and then click Check for updates on the right panel.

Check for updates

Step 3: If there are available updates, your system will download them automatically. After downloading the updates successfully, restart your computer to perform the installation process. Then check if the error appears again.

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Method 8: Test Your Memory and Hard Drive

You may meet the msvbvm50.dll missing error when there is something wrong with your memory and hard drive. Therefore, you are supposed to test your computer’s memory and hard drive.

Test Your Memory

There are two ways you can take to test your memory:

Physically Check

Step 1: Plug in and out your RAM to make sure that you have installed it correctly and stably.

Step 2: Make sure that there is no dust in your RAM and the RAM slot.

Step 3: Reboot your computer to check whether the error still persists.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys at the same time to open the Run box.

Step 2: Enter mdsched.exe and then click OK to open the Windows Memory Diagnostic.

Step 3: Click Restart now and check for problems (recommended).

run Windows Memory Diagnostic tool

Step 4: Wait for the process to finish, then it will show whether there is something wrong with your RAM. If there is, replace the RAM and then restart your computer to check whether the error is gone.

Test Your Hard Drive

Follow the guide to test your hard drive:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as an administrator as mentioned above.

Step 2: Press Enter after typing chkdsk C: /f /r. (C is the letter of the drive where you save your operating system.)

Note: If there is a message saying that “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts” in the Command Prompt windows, then type Y on the keyboard.

check your hard drive

Step 3: Wait for the process to complete, then reboot your PC to see if the error happens again.

Tip: You may be interested in this post - Top 4 Free Hard Drive Test Tools Every Windows User Must Know.

Method 9: Run System Restore

Sometimes the msvbvm50.dll missing error appears when you made a change to an important file or configuration, therefore, if you have created a system restore point, then you can run System Restore to undo the system changes. You can read this post - Make The Most Of System Restore In Windows 10: Ultimate Guide to get detailed instructions.

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Method 10: Run a Startup Repair

If the msvbvm50.dll missing error still appears, then you can try to run a startup repair. Here is a quick guide:

Step 1: Open Settings and then choose Update & Security. Go to the Recovery tab and then click Restart now under the Advanced startup section.

click Restart now

Step 2: Click Troubleshoot and then click Advanced options.

Step 3: On the Advanced options screen, click Automatic Repair or Start-up Repair.

click Start-up Repair

Step 4: Wait for the process to finish and then restart your computer to check if the error is fixed.

Method 11: Run a Clean Installation of Windows

If none of the methods can get rid of the msvbvm50.dll missing error, then you should perform a clean installation of Windows. But there is one thing you need to know, performing this method will remove all the files, folders and settings related to your system on your computer. So you’d better back up your important data before performing this method.

Back up Your Important Files

Which one is the professional backup software? Obviously, it is MiniTool ShadowMaker. MiniTool ShadowMaker is a piece of useful and professional backup and restore software.

This software allows you to back up files and folders, disks and partitions and even the system. And backup image files are easy to be restored using the Restore feature. The Sync feature is also very useful when you want to sync files and folders to different locations. The Clone Disk is good at making a bootable external hard drive.

What’s better, this software allows you to try it for free for 30 days, so why don’t you download it and have a try?

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Here are the steps to use MiniTool ShadowMaker to back up your data:

Step 1: Install and launch MiniTool ShadowMaker, then click Keep Trial.

Step 2: Choose Connect under This Computer to enter the main interface.

click Connect

Step 3: Go to the Backup page. Click Source and then select Files and Folder.

Note: By default, MiniTool ShadowMaker backs up the operating system and selects the destination.

Step 4: Check all the files and folders that you need and then click OK.

select backup source

Step 5: Click Destination to choose where you want to save the backup image and then click OK.

Note: You can save your backup image to four different locations: Administrator, Libraries, Computer, and Shared. And it is recommended to save the backup image to the external hard drive.

select backup destination

Step 6: After you have chosen the backup source and destination, then click Back up Now to start to back up files and folders.

Tip: You need to start the task on the Manage page if you click Back up Later.

back up your files

Step 7: Wait for MiniTool ShadowMaker to finish backing up files and folders.

Reinstall Your System

After backing up all the important data on your computer, then you can run a clean installation of Windows. Follow the instructions below to do that:

Step 1: Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft on a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB storage space and then create a USB bootable drive using this tool.

Note: All the data on the USB flash drive will be removed.

Step 2: Insert the USB bootable drive to your computer and then boot your computer from the USB (change the boot order).

Step 3: Click Install Now and then follow the onscreen instructions to perform a clean installation.

You can read this post - Windows 10 Reset VS Clean Install VS Fresh Start, Details Are Here! to get detailed instructions.

After performing a clean installation of your system, you should get rid of msvbvm50.dll missing error.

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Bottom Line

It is very frustrating to meet the msvbvm50.dll missing error, but luckily, there are multiple methods mentioned in this post that can help you deal with the error. If you have any confusion about the methods or have any better methods to fix the error, leave a comment below or send an email to [email protected].

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