msvcp71.dll and Python 2.4

Taylor, Martin cmtaylor at
Mon Jan 16 20:45:27 CET 2006

Back on 8-Feb-05, "Martin v. Löwis" martin at <>  said:
>> "An application should use and redistribute msvcr71.dll, and it should
>> avoid placing a copy or using an existing copy of msvcr71.dll in the
>> system directory. Instead, the application should keep a copy of
>> msvcr71.dll in its application directory with the program executable."

>Yes. This means to install it into the directory containing python.exe.
>Unfortunately, this does not work if your extension is then used in
>an embedded Python, e.g. one running as a COM object. In this case,
>python.exe will not be the main executable, but, say, outlook.exe will
>be. So Microsoft's recommendation to install the DLL into the EXE
>directory is flawed for COM and other embedded cases. This is
>precisely the reason why the Python installer installs both python24.dll
>and msvcr71.dll into system32.
[emphasis mine]
I'm using ActivePython 2.4.2 and its installer does NOT install msvcr71.dll into system32, nor anywhere else that I can see.  But it does need it!  Does anyone have any idea why this .dll file is missing from the ActivePython 2.4.2 installation?  
Thank you,
C. Martin Taylor 
Sr. Test Automation Specialist 
Texas Instruments, Inc. 
Educational and Productivity Solutions 
7800 Banner Dr. MS 3908 
Dallas, TX 75251 

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