GTA 4 Error

hey everyone i'm having problems running GTA4. When I try to play it gives me this error

The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more detail.

And this is what is from the application log

Activation context generation failed for "C:\Users\dylan\Downloads\GTAIV\Grand Theft Auto IV\GTAIV.exe". Dependent Assembly Microsoft.VC80.ATL,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="8.0.50727.762" could not be found. Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis.

I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 64-bit. thanks
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  1. now this is odd, because it is not a gta 4 error, it is an error within windows. It's actually quite common, and happens with many other games than gta.

    please try downloading the microsoft C++ redist. or, going into gta's folder or explore the cd and find vcredist.exe and install it. If this doesnt work, try moving the folder somewhere else.
  2. Are you using a legit or pirated copy of GTAIV?
  3. its alright now I resolved the problem. thanks for the answers
  4. good to hear, would you mind sharing what you did to fix it? i've had the issue in different games before.
  5. well i had 64-bit windows so i installed 32-bit c++ redist with xp compatibility mode and it worked afterwards
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