Fix MikuMikuDance Missing DLL and Side-by-Side Configuration Errors

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comHow do I fix MikuMikuDance missing DLL error? Fix the MMD side-by-side configuration error. How can I get MMD to run on my computer?

Fix MikuMikuDance …

Editor’s Note, 1/18/16:

This article may be out of date.
Our Parkeerwacht has written
a single article describing the common errors and the latest solutions to those errors. See that post to find the answers you need as you
fix / troubleshoot MikuMikuDance.
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… A Case Study!

I love MikuMikuDance!

A friend bought a new laptop … she downloaded the latest version of MikuMikuDance … and she experienced what has become …
the standard MMD error messages.

We worked together to fix MikuMikuDance so that it was running on her new computer.

Editors Note 10/26/2015:
The VPVP page recommends that you download and install:

Regular MikuMikuDance
If cannot move, please install following runtime package.
 ・Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package
 ・Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package
 ・DirectX End-User Runtime

64-Bit MikuMikuDance 
If cannot move, please install following runtime package.
 ・Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64)
 ・Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64)
 ・DirectX End-User Runtime

She first asked me about the infamous MMD Side-by-Side Configuration error. Experience has shown that you must download and install the Microsoft C++ 2008 redistributable.
32-bit system, (almost everyone runs 32-bit) get your download here:
64-bit system, (you KNOW if you are running a 64-bit machine) get your download here:

After installing the C++ 2008, she next got the Missing DLL message …

d3dx9_32.dll was not found

There are a couple of ways around this error … the most simple is to Download the DirectX 9c update available from our LearnMMD Downloads page.Fix MikuMikuDance and start enjoying MMD today!

She downloaded the DirectX 9c update … then she tried to open MMD …


I hope YOUR MikuMikuDance goes this smoothly! Next step is to go to our Getting Started with MMD Step-by-Step page and start enjoying your MikuMikuDance!


Visit the Homepage! Plenty of Mikumikudance instruction and info!