Windows ate my dll unable to locate msvcp71 sql

So of course SQL server service wouldn’t start (happy sysadmin day to you as well) after poking around I tried to fire up enterprise manager and it complained about a missing msvcp71.dll

What the heck!

So luckily the old SP4 folder was on the server on loe and behold it had a copy of of msvcp71.dll in it. Copied it over to the c:\windows\system32 and then it works… windows… go figure.

If you need a copy of msvcp71.dll you can get it here (if you trust random internet strangers…) but hey I just uploaded it from my box 🙂

(this is 32bit version if it matters)


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