Fix side-by-side configuration error in Windows 10

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • When running Windows 10, you may encounter the side-by-side configuration error. One of the most common reasons for this issue is a conflict between the software you’re updating or installing and the C++ run-time libraries.
  • In any case, let’s see how to actually solve the issue. Repairing or reinstalling the software could help. Do the same with the Microsoft Visual C++ installations.
  • We are here to help you answer questions and troubleshoot other common system errors with ease.
  • You may also visit our dedicated Windows 10 errors hub to quickly fix similar problems.
Side-by-side configuration error in Windows 10

Windows 10 might be the latest version of Windows, but it still suffers from some old problems. One of the common problems that other versions of Windows have is the side-by-side configuration error.

This error has managed to find its way to Windows 10 as well, but worry not, there’s a way how to fix this error. What does side-by-side configuration error mean?

This error appears when you try to install or update certain software and is usually caused by a conflict between the software that you’re trying to update/install and files in the C++ runtime libraries.

These C++ libraries are part of the Windows operating system, and often they get updated when you install Microsoft software or sometimes third party software.

If you’re experiencing the side-by-side configuration error too, you might want to try these solutions to fix it:

How can I fix side-by-side configuration error in Windows 10?

1. Repair or reinstall the software

  1. Open Settings and go to System > Apps & features.
  2. Select the program that is giving you this error and choose Uninstall.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. If there’s an option to repair the program choose it.
  4. If there’s no repair option, choose Uninstall and after the process is completed install this software again.

2. Uninstall all the Microsoft Visual C++ installations and install them again

If repairing or reinstalling the application doesn’t help try doing the same with Microsoft Visual C++ packages. Open Settings and navigate to System, then choose Apps & features.

Find all Microsoft Visual C++ and uninstall them one by one. Then, you need to download the Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package.

If you’re still using 32-bit version of Windows remember that you only need to download packages with x86 in its name. Install all the packages and restart your Windows 10.

If the issue isn’t resolved then it might be best for you to contact Microsoft’s support and ask a certified technician what is the cause of this problem.

Side-by-side is an easy to fix error, but it can give you a lot of trouble, and sadly it’s present in all versions of Windows, and Windows 10 is not an exception.

FAQ: Learn more about side-by-side configuration

  • How do I fix side-by-side configuration is incorrect in Windows 10?

When getting this error message in Windows 10, be sure to repair or reinstall the software, as detailed in this guide on how to fix side-by-side configuration issues.

  • Can’t open Chrome side-by-side configuration is incorrect?

When getting this error, waste no more time and uninstall Google Chrome from Control Panel > Program and Features. Then, download the most recent version.

If necessary, use this guide on how to fix can’t open Control Panel issues.

  • Should I uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ installations to fix side-by-side configuration?

Yes, uninstalling Visual C++ installations and installing them again is a confirmed solution. When needed, use this article on how to solve Microsoft Visual C++installation error 0x80070666.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and was revamped and updated in June 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • It doesn’t work at all. When I try to uninstall Visual C++, side by side configuration error is appear, and uninstall process is aborted

    • I got the same problem. After the Anniversary Update all the C++ installs are corrupt. I can’t run a lot of programs, like Office 2013, due to the side-by-side error. I can’t repair or uninstall the C++ installs. Thanks Microsoft for breaking your operating system.