Solution to Common msvbvm60.dll Errors

One of the important Visual Basic files, msvbvm60.dll is generally used by programs that are written in Visual Basic. In case the file is absent, you may find that you are unable to use certain programs on your computer.

This DLL file is included in the Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack and gets installed on your computer along with the Visual Studio pack.

By default, the file is located in the %System% folder.

Note: %system% is a variable and it denotes the Windows System folder on your computer. By default, the path for Windows XP/Vista/7 is C:\Windows\System32


You may encounter any of the following errors, or an error similar to the ones shown below when you start/shutdown your computer or try to run a program.

“File msvbvm60.dll not found.”
“Unable to install the application. An important component – msvbvm60.dll is missing.”
“File msvbvm60.dll is missing.”


Undoubtedly, the most common cause of the above errors is missing msvbvm60.dll. With that said, malware infection can also lead to an occurrence of frequent DLL errors, including the ones listed above.


For a permanent solution, first ascertain the cause of the error. In this case, you need to find out whether the error is due to a malware infection or a missing DLL file.

First, run a malware scan on your Windows computer to check if malware is the cause of the error. Before performing the scan, update your antimalware software with the latest antimalware updates, as well as security definitions. This step is essential, so don’t miss it, as an outdated protective tool is likely to fail to detect the presence of the latest malware.

If the scan results show your computer is clean or the DLL error persists even after you have deleted all the reported threats, install the missing DLL file. For this, download and install Service Pack 6 for Visual Basic 6.0. As mentioned before, when you install Visual Basic 6.0, msvbvm60.dll also gets installed in the process.

To download and install Service Pack 6 for Visual Basic 6.0, perform the following steps:

  1. Visit Microsoft Download Center.
  2. If your Operating System’s language is English, hit the Download button straightaway. Otherwise, first select the appropriate language from the Change Language drop-down menu before you click download.
  3. Save the file on your desktop.
  4. Run the downloaded exe file to start the installation.
  5. Click Yes in the License Agreement window, and then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation of Visual Basic 6.0 Service Pack 6.0.
  6. If prompted, restart Windows.


If you use Windows Vista, then you may experience issues with the msvbvm60.dll file present on your computer.

This, more than anything else, happens due to compatibility issues. If you are encountering issues with this DLL, we strongly recommend that you first check the version of this DLL file present on your computer before doing anything else. In case the version of the file is, download and install the latest version of the Msvbvm60.dll file from the Microsoft website to fix the error.