Trouble (re-)installing Audacity on old Windows 7 computer

I have an old Windows 7 computer which I use for my recording. It’s been disconnected from the Internet since 2014. I moved it from my bedroom, where the router/modem is, into my studio on the other side of the house, where a cable doesn’t reach. That said, I don’t WANT it connected to the Internet, and therein lies my problem.

I have terrible luck with computers - I’ve been through about seven since 2014, all of which have crashed repeatedly and become unusable as I have updated them - so I am trying to keep that one completely disconnected as it works perfectly for what I needed to do (recording instruments and converting files with Audacity).

Recently, though, I wanted to install the newer version of Audacity on it. Unlike Windows, I like the Audacity updates. As I mentioned earlier, nothing on that computer has been updated since the late spring or early summer of 2014. I probably downloaded Audacity sometime between November of 2013 and February of 2014.

To update, I uninstalled that version (and thus I can’t know what it was) and copied the installer of the most recent version onto a flash drive. I installed it, went to open it, and got the “Your computer is missing api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll” message.

I did some research, and copied that file from my System32 on my laptop, brought it over to that computer… nope! I now get a message saying that an error prevented Audacity from opening.

After researching more, it seems the api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll file comes with a Windows update from 2015 - which that computer would not have. Per my research, that update was either called or had a feature called Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015.

I REALLY don’t want to update that computer. It is still working perfectly fine after eight years of service. Most of my computers would be lucky to be running at half of their original performance after eight MONTHS.

So, I guess I have two questions:

1. Is it possible to install a newer version of Audacity for a computer that does not have the update that brought about api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll? If so, what would that entail?

2. If not, does there exist an official Audacity “repository”, so to speak, of old versions complete with installers and all that, so I can reinstall a version from late 2013/early 2014 that will not require that update I don’t have? I don’t trust the “old versions of installers” websites out there.

Failing that, do any USERS still have installers from that period, so I can copy it to my flash drive and try reloading it that way? That old 2013/2014 version of Audacity worked fine; I don’t like it as much as the newer version, but for recording instrument tracks and converting files between WAV and FLAC (which is all I need to use it for) it will work fine. (The computer has an awful sound card, so I do mixing and all that on my myriad of other computers.)

I hope I’ve made sense, and I appreciate any help you can give! I really hope I didn’t permanently remove the program from the only computer I’ve ever owned that can properly handle it. Thank you in advance.

PS. I tried doing a search, but I couldn’t find any results, and I suspect I’m one of the only people using a computer THIS outdated, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of time searching. If a thread with a solution already exists, please direct me there.

Thank you very much!

SNAP ! …

Installing the required Microsoft component did take about five minutes :unamused: ,
but after that it had no negative effect on the performance of my Windows (Vista) machine.

You can download that component, (which is an “.exe” file), using a computer you have connected to the internet,
then transfer a copy of that “.exe” file to your isolated computer, then run the “.exe” file on the second computer, which will install the component, (go have a coffee: it takes >5 minutes).

If you’re concerned it may cause a problem create a system restore point before installing it,
so you can put the operating-system back to the previous state.

The only alternative to updating is to use an old version of audacity.

Your willingness to modify the contents of the “System32” folder could explain why you “have terrible luck with computers”. The default setting on “System32” is “read-only” for a good reason : changing its contents is the equivalent of brain-surgery. Unless you’re a brain-surgeon don’t do it.

Windows 8 also requires installation of that Microsoft component before Audacity 2.3.2 will run …

Audacity 2-3-2 on Windows 8.png

Hi there
Glad to find this forum and I really hopeful to find a solution!
I have Windows 7 Home Basic and am trying o install Audacity 2.3.3
But am getting .dll errors when i try to open Audacity!

There are many youtube videos on how to fix it suggesting fiddling with system files but i dont want to mess my computer .
So am asking for help here.

i saw in one thread with a suggest link to download " the required windows component". Tried it but it gave errors too.

im really hoping someone will respond please. Im working on a music project and am stuck now coz i needed to change my computer and audacity wont donwload. :cry:

thanks in advance

Please note that Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020.

What are the errors?

Hi Steve! Thanks for the quick response!

So this is the error i get
“The program cant start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-I1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem”

If you read this thread thoroughly (and not just tag on the end of it) you would see that Trebor posted a solution to this problem:

Follow Trebor’s link to the required Microsoft component

Ha! That’s pretty obvious! So no need to patronize matey!

It doesnt work! Gives a Setup Failed Error
Hence my question!

Do you have Service Pack 1 (Windows 7 SP1) installed? If not, you will need to install that first.

Ok Ill do that.
Is there a specific authentic link I can download it from?

There are 2 versions: 32-bit & 64-bit …

Currently Audacity on Windows is 32-bit.
So install the 32-bit version even though your computer is 64-bit.

AND…Finally solved …Afters lots of efforts…no youtube video will guide you for this process.
no api-ms-win-ctr-runime-1-1-0.dll error
audacity is opening
pls try …100% success and just opened audacity in windows 7 (pirated?)without any issue
[Moderator advice: Pirate software is illegal and is not condoned by the forum team]

  1. uninstall all previous versions of microsoft visual c++ redistributable 2015/2014 etc
    from control panel-programm uninstall-
  2. delete all copy pasted new items from system32/system64 folder(in some tricks it is recommended). if you have not done…leave this step
  3. remove all temporary files
    search panel- type %temp% and then press enter button
    select all displayed files. press shift delete. press skip(for imp file)…done
  4. disable antivirus/uninstall antivirus
  5. install service pack
    need to be issue with computer even pirated version.
    (in case tension is there…create restore point…search youtube for it)
    no service pack is now available in Microsoft site
    go to
    [Moderator’s advice: Be extremely cautious about installing Windows components from unofficial sources.]

just check which bit is ur PC/Laptop
(right click “my computer” in desktop …click property . u can see it in system information)
download as per bit and operating system.
restart computer pls you can download and install microsoft visual c++ redistributable 2015
no error…yes no error like api-ms-win-ctr-runime-1-1-0.dll error
download from
32 bit- vc_redist.x86.exe

64 bit- vc_redist.x64.exe
install…boom. done…no error
just wait before opening ur desired audacity
restart ur computer …done dear…open ur audacity in old windows system. many games can be open.
pls give a thanks when u r done.

Uninstalling the old versions was not necessary in my case (W8)

Unless you are a computer genius :nerd: don’t mess with the contents of Windows System folders: it’s brain surgery.

So disable antivirus then download a patch form an unofficial source :open_mouth: , no thanks.

No thanks.