As we previously highlighted, Dragon Age : Origins is without a doubt one of the best RPG games to be released this year. We didn’t post our routine troubleshooting article for this game simply because it didn’t have any major problems. However, several of our readers wrote to us regarding a problem they faced with the game so here is a possible fix for this seemingly common issue. Some users started receiving the following error “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more details” after they applied the first patch for the game. The fix is simple.

First of all this error most probably has nothing to do with your system. It manifests because some of the original DA : Origins components are built using an older version of Microsoft C++ library and the new DA : Origins patch uses components built using a newer version. Solution is simple – download the new C++ runtime, install it and run the game.

You need to download the latest version of C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable or it will not work. Download link is provided below:

[Click Here] to download Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update from Microsoft Download Center (Genuine Validation NOT required)

Note that this error is quite common with other software as well. If this pops out while using your favorite Windows application, try this solution first – chances are that it’ll solve your problem.

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  1. Anonymous // 11/07/2009 10:12:00 PM  

    Thanks you for the solution. What a rookie mistake from Bioware.

  2. Monwar // 12/02/2009 08:03:00 AM  

    Thanks from my end too. Sloppy, Bioware... but the game really is pretty stable compared to its massive size.

  3. H_DANILO // 12/16/2009 10:43:00 PM  

    You forgot to say that C++ Redistribute that you need to download is the x84, if you do download the x64, it will stay with the same problem...

  4. Unknown // 1/07/2010 06:58:00 AM  

    I know this is way late in the grad scheme of things, but I'm having this problem with patching from v.1.00 to 1.02a. I've reinstalled the latest Visual C++ several times, but I still get this error.

  5. Pimple // 2/14/2011 12:38:00 AM  

    Dude, I love you.