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Error "The program can't start because mfc120u.dll is missing from your computer." Starting Tableau Desktop


Published: 25 Oct 2017
Last Modified Date: 25 Oct 2017

Issue

Tableau Desktop cannot start and the following message is displayed:
The program can't start because mfc120u.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop
  • Windows

Resolution

Install Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40784
  • For 64-bit versions of Windows, make sure to install both files: "vcredist_x86.exe" and "vcredist_x64.exe".
  • For 32-bit versions of Windows, only install the "vcredist_x86.exe".

Cause

There is a file missing from your computer's installation of Visual C++ Runtime. 
 
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