FIX: Skyrim Microsoft Visual C++ run time error

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Skyrim is a popular action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios. However, sometime when running the game you may encounter the Microsoft Visual C++ run time error forcing the user to force close the game and exit.

The error is also reported by several users in the Microsoft community forum.

So I have been playing Skyrim through Steam since the beginning of this past summer and have had no problems.  Then about a month ago, roughly a week or two before Christmas, I have started getting this error. 

If you are also troubled by this error, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the Skyrim Microsoft Visual C++ run time error in Windows.

How do I fix the Microsoft Visual C++ run time error when playing Skyrim?

1. Repair/Reinstall Visual C++


  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
    • C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamAppsCommonSkyrim
  2. In the Skyrim folder, locate the VCRedit file.
  3. Double-click on the credeist_x86.exe file.
  4. In the next window, you will get two options to Repair or Reinstall Visual C++.
  5. First, select the Repair option.
  6. The troubleshooter will run and fix any corrupted Visual C++ file in the system.
  7. Close the troubleshooter and try running the game again and check for any improvements.

Reinstall Visual C++

Skyrim Microsoft Visual C++ run time error

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the Skyrim installation folder:
    • C:Program Files (x86)SteamSteamApps CommonSkyrim
  2. Double-click on the vcredit_x86.exe file to run it.
  3. This time select the Remove options.
    • Click Yes if prompted to confirm the action.
  4. Once removed, download and install the latest version of Microsoft Visual C++.
  5. Once installed, launch Skyrim and check if the run time error is resolved.

Reinstalling Microsoft Visual C++ seems to have resolved the error for many Skyrim players. However, make sure you download the correct edition of Visual C++ 32/64 bit according to your system configuration before proceeding with the installation.

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2. Delete multiple game saves

Skyrim Microsoft Visual C++ run time error

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
    • C:UsersusernameDocumentsMy GamesSkyrimSaves
  2. Copy all the files saved in the Saves folder.
  3. Create a new folder anywhere on your desktop.
  4. Name the new folder as old game saves.
  5. Paste the copied game files to the new folder.
  6. Now go back to the Skyrim/Saves folder again.
  7. Delete all the saves except the most recent one and the autosaves.
  8. Close File Explorer and check if the error is resolved.

Several users have reported that deleting old game saves has helped them get rid of the error. Deleting the old saves can fix the problem if the amount of saves that you have is creating conflict with the game files.

3. Start in Clean Boot mode

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK to open the System Configuration window.
  3. In the System Configuration window, open the Services tab.
  4. Check the Hide all Microsoft services option at the bottom.
    • This will hide all the essential Microsoft services.
  5. Next, click the Disable All button to disable all the non-essential services.
  6. Keep the System Configuration tab open.
  7. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  8. Open the Startup tab and disable all the apps that have enabled it in the startup list.
  9. In the System Configuration window, click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  10. Reboot the computer.

Finding the culprit

  1. Once booted into the Clean Boot mode, launch Steam and try running Skrim.
  2. If the game works without any error, it means a third-party software installed on your computer is creating conflict with the game.
  3. Open Control Panel and uninstall the most recently installed program to check if that resolves the error.
  4. If the error occurs even in the Clean Boot mode, the issue is with the game or critical service that is required to run the game.
  5. In this case, try reinstalling Skyrim to see if that helps resolves the error.

The Skyrim Microsoft Visual C++ run time error usually occurs if the Microsoft Visual C++ installation is corrupted or incompatible. Try repairing or reinstalling the program to fix the issue. You may also want to delete unwanted game saves in case the issue persists.

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