blender won't launch: msvcr71.dll missing

Now don’t get me wrong I’ve been using blender for a while now and since the reformat and a clean installation of XP with SP2, i am running into this problem where blender won’t run because msvcr71.dll is not found. It has never happened before on a clean install of the exact same XP disk.

I could do a quick google and get the file, but WHY am I seeing this? A not-so-clean XP install? or maybe this is a new requirement for BLender 2.42a?

(this is a clean XP SP2 with python24, DX9.0c installed, and no .NET framework)

nvm, google was quicker at answering that…

apparently the file is called by python24.dll.