"A Required File AMSVCR.DLL Cannot Be Found" Error Message Appears When Starting the Computer

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When you attempt to start your computer, an error message similar to the following may appear:
A required file AMSVCR.DLL cannot be found.
This problem can occur if you have removed America Online (AOL) software from your computer, but items that are associated with the America Online software still exist in the Startup group.
To work around this problem, remove all of the America Online-related items from the Startup group. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type msconfig, and then click OK.
  3. In the System Configuration Utility box, click the Startup tab.
  4. Clear each check box that is associated with an America Online component (such as the America Online tray icon).
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. Restart your computer.

To resolve this problem, contact America Online for information about removing these items.
For information about how to contact America Online, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z
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Article ID: 312478 - Last Review: 10/24/2013 08:33:02 - Revision: 1.2

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