Applies to: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Product Windows Operating System
ID 33
Source SideBySide
Version 6.1
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Side-by-side is a concept that was introduced with the Microsoft .NET Framework. It allows the ability to run multiple versions of an application (or component) on the same computer. With side-by-side execution, subsequent installations of other versions of the runtime, an application, or a component will not affect applications that are already installed.

Prior to Microsoft Windows XP and the .NET Framework, DLL conflicts occurred because applications were unable to distinguish between incompatible versions of the same code. An application had no way of knowing if a DLL was compatible with it. As a result, a new version of a component could overwrite an older version and break applications.


The correct Visual C++ runtimes for x86-based and x64-based computers are not installed for correct side-by-side functionality. Compatibility problems occur when an application installs a version of a shared assembly that is not backward compatible with the previously installed version.

User Action

Install the required Visual C++ runtimes (CRTs) for this application.

To solve DLL versioning conflicts, use side-by-side assembly sharing and isolated applications. With side-by-side assembly sharing, multiple versions of the same Windows operating system can run simultaneously. Developers can choose which side-by-side assembly to use. For more information, see

About Isolated Applications and Side-by-Side Assemblies.


To download the CRTs, see Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (IA64) download.

This installs the runtime components of the Visual C++ libraries that are required to run 64-bit applications developed with Visual C++ SP1 on a computer that does not have Visual C++ 2008 SP1 installed.

This package installs the runtime components of the C Runtime (CRT), Standard C++, ATL, MFC, OpenMP, and MSDIA libraries. Libraries that support a side-by-side deployment model (CRT, SCL, ATL, MFC, and OpenMP) are installed in the native assembly cache (also called WinSxS) folder on versions of the Windows operating systems that support side-by-side assemblies.

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