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Fixed the MMD 8.05 Configuration Error Failed to Start MikuMikudance

I can finally run the new MikuMikuDance 8.05 …LearnMMD.com has discovered the fix for the MMD 8.05 Configuration Error!

I fixed the MMD 8.05 Configuration Error
… the Failed to Start Error!

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I have been searching Google, off and on, for days, trying to solve my MikuMikuDance 8.05 Configuration Error … and, today, I finally found it! Another video game’s forum had the answer: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=1084961

The writer indicated that what was missing was the C++ 2005 redistributables and its 2005 SP1.

Following previous leads, I had already installed Microsoft  C++ 2008 and 2010 redistributables … without solving my “configuration error” problem. I “removed” the 2010 version after I saw no effect. NOW I downloaded and installed the C++ 2005 and the 2005 SP1 versions and … MMD 8.05 opened right up! Woo-Hoo!

I must point out that I am running Windows XP, SP3 … so, I can only hope this FIX will work on newer systems!


Windows 8 … 64-bit? … This article recommends C++ 2005 … but, these days, the VPVP page recommends C++ 2008 AND C++ 2010.

Here’s the link to the VPVP page …

Look under section 1.4 … there are links to the 64-bit 2008 and 2010 C++ downloads. … Other new MMDers say that this worked has for them!


DOWNLOAD the first one … install it. Let it run for a bit … kind of hard to determine when the install is finished … Then download the SP1 version and install it.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86):

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86):

That’s it … MikuMikuDance 8.05 now runs on my machine.

Please let us know via comments or email if it works for you!


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  1. Ayaxoz Ayaxoz
    October 10, 2016    

    when i try to open MMD this message always comes up:
    “the application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click ok to close the application”…
    what do I do?

  2. ace ace
    September 18, 2016    

    “the application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect.please see the application event log or use the command line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail” help??

    • September 18, 2016    

      See the Troubleshooting page about installing C++ redistributables.

      • ace ace
        September 19, 2016    

        i did,nothing:((

        • September 19, 2016    

          What version of MMD you’re using, 64 or 32-bit? Open Programs&Features in Control Panel and check what C++ related items you have installed. There must be some sort of mismatch there.

          • ace ace
            September 21, 2016    

            i tried using both versions ,my brother whos pretty computer savvy said the the program is buggy ,i dont know if thats true but ill try what u suggested,and if that dsnt work shall i assume hes right?

          • ace ace
            September 21, 2016    

            k i tried it,still nohing:(

            • September 21, 2016    

              I’d still like to know anyway.

  3. confused one confused one
    May 13, 2016    

    odd..the MMD suddently not working. I click and nothing happen (it was working for no problem before) I tried to re-install and it work once then not again.

    • May 13, 2016    

      Have you tried to reinstall MS Visual C++ libraries relevant to your version of MMD?

      • confused one confused one
        May 13, 2016    

        how to see if my ms visual c is relevant to mmd version?

        • May 13, 2016    

          Check the Download or Troubleshooting pages for links. AFAIR, 32-bit MMD requires 2005 and 2008 32-bit libraries, and 64-bit MMD needs 2008 and 2010 64-bit versions accordingly.

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