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Win 7/C++/ side-by-side configuration

Posted on 2010-04-07
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Last Modified: 2013-11-08
I have a Visual Studio 2008 C++ application I am trying to run a new computer/fresh install of Win7 64 ultimate.
Note: Visual Studio 2008 is NOT installed on the new machine on which I am trying to run the executable.

I get the error below->

"The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application even log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail."

Do I need to install something like the follwoing on the new machine to allow my executable to work?
                           Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) or
                           Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64)
Is this built into Win7?

If my executeable was created on a 32bit XP machine, but my new computer is Win7 64 bit.... should I install the 32bit redisribution package or the 64 bit one?

Thank you!
Question by:tobal99z
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by:Stacy Spear
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Does that machine have all the required .NET libraries installed?
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by:Stacy Spear
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Also, did you link to the CRT or have it static?

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Hello, on the Win7 machine I haven't specially installed anything.
It was my understanding that the .net 3.5 comes "built in" with Win 7.
I will install whatever you guys tell me I should.

Configuration Manager-> Active Solution Platform = Win32

Regarding-> "Also, did you link to the CRT or have it static?"
I'm not sure... Its been a long time since I created this project... I looked under the "Properties Page" but couldn't find the info in there. If it is important, pls tell me where to go and I'll look it up and report back.

I noticed under the properties page/General "Detect 65-bit Portability Issues".This is set as NO.  I wonder if I should set to YES.

Also, is there some configuration setting which I can set it "WIn7"?

Thank you all.
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Stacy Spear earned 2000 total points
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In VS with the project loaded go to the project properties and Configuration properties, c/c++/code generation. Runtime library should be set to multi-threaded not multi-threaded dll (the default). After build the exe will be larger but it should run everywhere.

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Thank you!!!!!!!!!

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