Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

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Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby dtsao » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:21 am

I installed WinMerge 2.14.0 on my laptop which is running Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (Preview). The install was successful (no errors). But when I start WinMergeU.exe, I get this error:

C:\Program Files (x86)\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe
The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.

The application event log shows this error:
Activation context generation failed for "C:\Program Files (x86)\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

I ran sxstrace.exe to log WinMergeU.exe's activity. This gives a 200 line file which basically says the following:

Cannot resolve reference Microsoft.VC90.MFC,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8".

I installed the following c++ runtime files:
Name Extension Size Attributes Modified Version
vcredist_x86.exe exe 4,995,416 ---A------- 9/14/2013 2:45:27 PM 10.0.40219.1
vcredist_x64.exe exe 7,185,000 ---A------- 9/14/2013 2:39:15 PM 11.0.60610.1

These didn't help.

Then I installed the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86):
Name Extension Size Attributes Modified Version
vcredist_x86.exe exe 4,216,840 ---A------- 9/17/2013 10:02:13 PM 9.0.30729.17

from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download ... px?id=5582

Now WinMerge is running on Windows 8.1.

Hope this helps someone.
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby jordanmills » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:29 pm

Yep, helped me. It would be nice if the braindead devs used a standard MSI to install like you're supposed to instead of a craptacular hacked together exe. Then they could just include the runtimes and everything would work automatically.
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby kimmov » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:03 am

Please try to be constructive, not abusive. Everybody is doing this in their spare time.

Installer definitely needs to be updated. Problem is somebody to have time to finish that work.
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby rogerwcpt » Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:30 am

Its a pity this problem hasn't been resolved 9 months later. its still an issue. Thank goodness for the first post to guide us.
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby serwusek » Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:58 am

now everything works great
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby vasja » Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:37 pm

Great! Thank you so much. This is also required for Windows 10.
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Re: Getting WinMerge to run on Windows 8.1

Postby straightarrow » Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:50 pm

Thank you so very much. I ran into the same problem (on Windows10). I was stumped - until I came across your post. THANK YOU!!
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