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"Msvcr71.dll cannot be found" error message when you repair Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

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When you repair the operating system on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition or Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and the computer has the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 installed, you may receive the following error message:
msvcr71.dll cannot be found
When you repair either Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the Copy2gac application installs assemblies to the global assembly cache. Copy2gac is a managed application. To use Copy2gac, you must have the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 installed on your computer. However, the Copy2gac.exe file does not have an associated configuration file that binds this application to the Microsoft common language runtime that is included with the .NET Framework 1.0.

By default, the .NET Framework 1.1 binds managed applications that do not have associated configuration files to the common language runtime that is included with the .NET Framework 1.1. Therefore, when the Copy2gac application runs, the .NET Framework 1.1 binds the Copy2gac application to the wrong version of the common language runtime, and you receive the error message that appears in the "Symptoms" section of this article.
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Close the error message box.
  2. In a text editor (such as Notepad), paste the following XML sample code:
    <configuration>    <startup>        <requiredRuntime version="v1.0.3705"/>    </startup></configuration>
  3. Save the file as Copy2gac.exe.config in the following folder:
    Windows Folder\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.0.3705
    Note Windows Folder is a placeholder for the location of your Windows folder.
  4. You can now successfully repair your operating system.
This behavior is by design.
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Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. Perform a fresh installation of either Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition on your computer.
  2. Install the .NET Framework 1.1 on your computer. To download the latest version of the .NET Framework 1.1, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
  3. Try to repair your operating system.
For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

Technical support for Media Center

Because Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition was included with your hardware device or system, the hardware manufacturer provides technical support and assistance for this software. Your manufacturer may have customized the installation with unique components such as specific device drivers and optional settings to maximize the performance of that manufacturer's hardware. If you require technical help with Windows XP Media Center Edition, contact your manufacturer directly because the manufacturer is best qualified to support the software that the manufacturer has installed on the hardware.


Article ID: 827073 - Last Review: 03/06/2013 06:10:00 - Revision: 5.0

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1

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