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I am setting up Apache 2.4 on 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2. I downloaded the 32-bit zip from Apache Lounge and unzipped, also installed VC10 SP1.

Then, when I tried to run httpd.exe, I got an error:
The application failed to initialize properly(0xc000007b)

The same thing worked on my 64-bit Win7.

Any insights?


Ran Depency Walker on httpd.exe. Missing dependencies are:

  • MF.DLL

IESHIMS.DLL: This is also missing in my Win7 httpd. Don't think is the problem.
WLANAPI.DLL: Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Server Manager > Features (left panel) > Add Feature > check Wireless LAN Services to enable it. After that, wlanapi.dll is in the system32 folder.
The rest: These are related to "Media Foundation", but I don't know how to install/enable.
(edit: Some say installing "Desktop Experience" will include Media Foundation, will test)


Apache 2.2 from is also missing those dlls but runs perfectly fine on the server!!

So, it's not a dependency problem...

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Though you are not building your own application, the error (and solution) still apply.

Stack Overflow - The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)


Additionally, you can try running the following commands

chkdsk X: /R

sfc /scannow

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So I run Dependency Walker on both the WinServer08 and Win7, the server is missing quite a few dll, including mf.dll, mfplat.dll, wlanpi.dll, etc. Is it good to transfer those from my Win7 to the server? If not, how can I fix this? – TwiNight Apr 7 '13 at 20:24
Added some more info - sfc /scannow is likely to be the one that fixes things up. – Sašo Apr 7 '13 at 20:37
sfc /scannow: "Windows Resource Protection didn't find any integrity violations". Then I transfered the Win7 dlls into the server and then sfc /scanfile=...: "Windows Resource Protection cannot perform the requested operation". Ran chkdsk still no luck. – TwiNight Apr 8 '13 at 1:10
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Alright, found a workaround.

Downloaded the VC9 version instead of the VC10 one and it runs without problem.

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