Trying to setup nginx and php on my Windows machine, but every time I try to start php-cgi.exe I get a system error.

The program can't start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the problem to fix this problem.

I'm using Wnmp to start my programs and downloaded the latest PHP 5.5 to it (32bit version).

I have Visual C++ 2008 x86, C++ 2010 x64 and C++ 2010 x86.

What am I missing and why can't PHP list programs required for PHP (cgi) to work?

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    How the heck could this be off topic? I'd really like to know. This is a bonafide server issue for me.
    – hopeseekr
    Jun 26, 2014 at 17:05
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    yea that's stupid. this is a real issue and the fix below worked for me Sep 24, 2014 at 16:43
  • Perhaps this will be better suited to StackOverflow as it is about programming tools.
    – James
    Dec 4, 2014 at 12:01
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    I hate it when the moderators mark stuff as off-topic. I got here via google by typing in an exact phrase. It is not off-topic for me, and it is the only place I found my answer after much searching.
    – LonnieBest
    Jan 19, 2015 at 23:54

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You need VS C++ 2012. Go here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679

You need to download the x86 version if you install the 64bit version it will give the same error.

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    Even if the php version is 5.5.3 and for 64-bit systems ?! Sep 2, 2013 at 9:12
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    @MuhammadGelbana Yes, it relies on some 32-bit functions.
    – Nathan C
    Sep 3, 2013 at 0:51
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    I needed both, well I installed the 32bit version first and it failed as per ops error message and then I installed the 64 bit version and all was well. This is on Windows Server 2012 data center using PHP 5.5 (5.5.4)
    – rism
    Oct 9, 2013 at 5:05
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    All the other pages were suggesting I needed 2010, but finally I came across your answer. Very Thankful! Like rism, I had to install both 32bit and 64bit before it worked.
    – LonnieBest
    Jan 19, 2015 at 23:49
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    FYI the name of the missing file is important. If you are looking for MSVCR110.dll then this is the answer. If you are looking for MSVCR100.dll (not the version number is 100 instead of 110) then you need to download the VS C++ 2010 package.
    – DavidG
    Jun 29, 2015 at 15:13

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