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How to Fix SideBySide Error 59 on Windows 10?

The ‘side-by-side’ error is a Windows OS error that’s related to a corrupted or missing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package. It’s a common error for Windows 10 OS which doesn’t have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package. Now, if you’re also facing the same problem with the SideBySide Error 59 on Windows 10, you can follow this troubleshooting guide completely.

Plenty of affected Windows 10 users are reporting that the Event Viewer is getting filled with the SideBySide Error 59 events that basically indicate an “Error in manifest or policy file”. This particular error also pops up while launching certain applications on Windows 10 unexpectedly.

It’s also worth mentioning that there are a couple of possible reasons behind such an issue that we’ve mentioned below.

How to Fix SideBySide Error 59 on Windows 10?

As we’ve mentioned above, the particular error may appear due to the corrupted or missing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package on your Windows 10 system. Additionally, corrupted system dependencies, corrupted or missing .dll files related to the Bing Search Bar extension, corrupted system file, etc can be another possible reason.

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Now, we’ve all the possible scenarios of getting the SideBySide Error 59. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the guide below.

1. Install Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

One of the most common problems that Windows 10 users may experience is a missing or corrupted Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package for some unknown reason. If you’re encountering the SideBySide Error 59 on your Windows 10 computer while trying to launch any program, you should install or reinstall the missing Microsoft Visual C++ Redist. package.

  • Click on the Start menu icon > Type cmd and right-click on Command Prompt.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted by UAC, click on Yes to allow the permission.
  • Now, type the following command and hit Enter to execute a sxTrace command:
SxsTrace Trace -logfile:SxsTrace.etl
  • Once done, open the particular program again that’s showing the SideBySide error. [Do not close the command prompt right now]
  • Next, type the following command and hit Enter to execute a SxsTrace.etl command:
sxstrace Parse -logfile:SxSTrace.etl -outfile:SxSTrace.txt
  • Once done, open the SxSTrace.txt file with a text editor (Notepad) and check out which VC++ runtime dependency is missing in it.
  • Launch the default web browser on your computer > Head over to the official Visual C++ Download page.
  • Get the latest or missing Visual C++ dependency file and install it on your PC properly.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation process.
  • Finally, restart your computer to apply changes.

2. Run SFC and DISM Scans

If in case, the first method doesn’t come in handy to you, try running the SFC and DISM scans on your Windows computer one by one. Here we’ve provided the steps below for your ease.

The System File Checker (SFC) is a utility tool for the Windows operating system that simply allows users to scan for corrupted or missing Windows system files and restore them automatically. This method should resolve the startup crashing issues completely.

  • Click on the Start Menu and type cmd.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted, click on Yes to give admin privileges.
  • Once the command prompt window opens, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:

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SFC /scannow
  • Now, wait for the process to complete.
  • Make sure to restart your computer to apply changes.

Additionally, you should also try running the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scan on your Windows 10 computer to fix several system disk corruption or errors. To do so:

  • Click on the Start Menu and type cmd.
  • Now, right-click on Command Prompt from the search result.
  • Select Run as administrator > If prompted, click on Yes to give admin privileges.
  • Once the command prompt window opens, type the following command and hit Enter to execute it:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
  • If in case, there is any system file corruption present, you can head over to the log files to scrutiny them. [The path should be: C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log or C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log]
  • Then you can scan for system disk health by following the command below:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
  • Finally, you can go for health restoration.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Once done all, reboot your computer to apply changes.
  • Enjoy!

3. Remove Bing Search Bar

According to some affected users, you can also expect to see this error code popping up due to a Bing bar extension that is trying to make use a corrupted .dll file. This issue has been ongoing on Windows 10 for years, but Microsoft has yet to release a hotfix for this issue.

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If you find yourself in this particular scenario and you have Bing Bar installed on your computer, the only way to get rid of the SideBySide Error 59 error (as of now) is to uninstall the Bing Bar utility from your computer.

  • Press Windows + I keys to open Windows Settings.
  • Click on Apps > From the Apps & features section, search for the Bing Bar program.
  • Once located, click on it to select > Select Uninstall.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.
  • Once done, make sure to reboot your computer to apply changes.

This method should help you to fix the SideBySide Error 59 on Windows 10 completely.

4. Refresh Windows Components

However, if none of the methods worked for you, try following this method as a last resort. Some of the affected Windows 10 users have also mentioned that refreshing each & every Windows component has resolved the particular SideBySide Error 59 issue.

This basically eliminates all the possible corrupted OS-related elements to prevent such an error. Basically, there are two possible workarounds to do so. First, either you can try repairing your installed Windows system or directly clean install Windows OS again using the media installation pack.

Note: If you’re not sure enough what to do or how to do a Windows repair or clean install then you can check out our in-depth Windows 10 installation guide here.

That’s it, guys. We assume you’ve found this guide pretty helpful. If you’ve further queries, let us know in the comment below.

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