Troubleshooting Mozilla Firefox Errors

Surfing the internet is one among the most common pastimes of today. It is hard to believe that at one point, Internet surfing was reserved for only the most technically competent people, as navigating and browsing the world wide web was not as simple or intuitive as it is today. Internet Access in the present is geared towards fulfilling the needs of the lowest common denominator. However, while obtaining Internet Access is easy via plans and so on, browsing the internet can still lead to crashes such as those detailing vcruntime140_1.dll not found, or just outright crashes to the desktop.

As the cost of internet access has gone down, it is natural that the user base of internet browsers has increased a thousandfold. As is the case with every market, due to a lot of demand, a lot of suppliers have attempted to fill the gap. Common Browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and of course, the trusty omnipresent internet companion, the Internet Explorer. While Google Chrome is the largest in terms of the user base, Mozilla Firefox is a distant third, after Safari, a browser from Apple which is native to devices running macOS and iOS. As Safari is natively installed on every Apple Device, it enjoys a passive boost in market share due to the sheer convenience of being a bundled application.

However, Mozilla Firefox is a very solid browser, usually used by the more technically minded customer, who would prioritize technical prowess and customisability over ease of use and intuitiveness that are hallmarks of Google Chrome and Apple Safari.

Installation of Firefox

Installing Firefox is simple, one downloads the installer from the requisite website and is ready to go in a matter of minutes. However, one of the common errors that plague users who launch Firefox in the initial instance is one detailing vcruntime140_1.dll not found. As a result of this error, Firefox fails to start up at all, resulting in a scenario where the user is unable to access and browse the internet.

While it may seem at first glance that the symptom for the issue is just a corrupt download or a kink in the installation process, this is not the case. It is not because of a fault or corruption on Firefox’s end, but the lack of a component in the end-users PC that is prohibiting Firefox from launching normally and executing its tasks.

As the astute observer would have deduced by now, the culprit is the fact that vcruntime140_1.dll was not found, this is a primary dependency for applications that are made on Visual Studio C++, a compiler where applications are coded and compiled, and packaged into executable files that are run on the system of the end-user to execute the program itself. Visual Studio’s runtime files are core dependencies of the C++ component that exist on all systems, to enable these programs to run properly and execute their tasks without any bugs or inefficiency.

On the user’s end, these files should exist in two places ideally, the first one is the requisite system folders in your Windows Directory. Note that this path may differ depending on the fact whether your Windows is running on a 32-bit architecture or a 64-bit architecture. Mostly this is system32 for 32 bit systems and syswow6432node on 64 bit systems. Finally, these requisite files should also be present inside the applications folder with the primary executable.

Once these steps have been taken, Firefox will run fine and one can enjoy the bounties of the internet!

Ellen Hollington

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