Having tried out the latest blender 2.92 alpha version and seen the experimental point cloud object, I decided to download and build the latest version and all the associated dependencies (as per the build instructions on the Blender developers page) today from git hub so as to have look at the code pertaining to the point cloud object. No problems or errors with the building, but upon attempting to run the resultant build I get a window with the error displayed in a pop up window
Program ‘blender.exe’ failed to run: The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail
Having never encountered this error ever before, I looked it up online since there seems to not be anything in the forums here, and according to what I found, is that a Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package is missing or possibly corrupted. So I unistalled and reinsallted the 2015-2190 Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package. But this did not solve the problem. I doubt that Blender is using any of the earlier versions which I do have installed.
Attempting to run blender from the console I get the same error message with the additional lines
At line:1 char:1
+ CategoryInfo : ResourceUnavailable: (:) , ApplicationFailedException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NativeCommandFailed
Is this an error caused by a bug, a poor build process or something else?
Should I wait a few days for a new build version to be issued and try again?
All my versions of the binary downloads 2.8 to 2.92 alpha work, so I am baffled.
And how can I find out which version of Blender has been downloaded and built, as the readme.text file has not information within it to report a bug, if that is what I have here, to indicate which version of Blender this is.
Thanks in advance.