Fix The application has failed to start because the side by side configuration is incorrect

Sometimes you may see an error while running a windows 10 program or software which says The application has failed to start because the side by side configuration is incorrect. The basic cause of this error is the incompatible c++ runtime libraries which are required to run the software you wish to run. If you are also stuck with this problem, please find below methods to fix this error.

Fix 1 – System scan

1. Search cmd in search box.

2. Right click on the search result and choose run as administrator.

3. Write sfc/scannow in it and hit enter.


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3. Now, run the program DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth in the command prompt and wait for some time for the program to get finished.


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Fix 2 – Using event viewer

1. Search Event Viewer in Windows 10 Search box

2. Click on search result to open it.


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3. Try to open the app or program once again, so that windows throws an error event right now.


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4. Click on maximize to maximize the event viewer window.


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5. Expand Error by clicking on + button.

6. Double click on side by side error entry. Since you have opened the app recently as said in step 3, this must be the latest side by side error.


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7. In the General tab the description of the error will be shown, which says version … could not be found. Note the version number.


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8. Go to Microsoft Official depository for visual c++ redistributable

9. Download the version which was shown missing in the description.

for example in step 7 screenshot the version missing is 9, so, if that is your case download version 9 otherwise download that version which is being shown missing.


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Fix 3 – Using Registry editor

1. Press Windows key + R key together to Open run command box.

2. Write regedit in it and click OK.

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2. In the registry editor just browse to the location given below.

  • Computer
  • Microsoft
  • Windows NT
  • CurrentVersion
  • SideBySide
  • Winners


3. Now locate entry starting with x86_policy and having crt in it.

Something like this which i found in my pc in the registry editor. 


4. Expand it.

5. Click on 9.0 and expand it.


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6. Now, in the right side except default , there will be four entries. find out which is the biggest number having highest value (Ignore decimals).

7. This highest value should match with default Data.


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8. If it is not same, just copy the highest value . double click on default key to modify it . Change the value data to the copied highest value.

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Fix 4- Uninstall and Reinstall Google chrome

Some users have reported the culprit behind this to be google chrome. So, just uninstall and then download and reinstall a fresh version of chrome to get rid of this problem and see if it works.

Fix 5 – Try to Open program with Admin privilege

Many users fixed this by running program with admin privilege.

Just right click on the program and choose run as administrator.

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