In some cases, when you try to open an application/program or run a game on a Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC, you may receive an error message indicating that a certain DLL or OCX file is missing or not found. As a possible working fix, you are trying to re-register a system file on your device, but you are getting a RegSvr32 error. Failed to load module – this post is intended to help you with solutions to solve this problem.
When this error occurs on your system, you will receive a similar error message with the following content:
Failed to load module.
Make sure the binary is sorted in the specified path, or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.
The specified module could not be found.
This error is most often encountered by gamers who often install pirated copies of games on their computers. As a rule, those modules that are responsible for bypassing or breaking licenses require manual registration of missing DLLs. However, sometimes you may need to perform such actions when installing legally licensed programs.
RegSvr32 Module failed to load error
If you are getting the error “Module failed to load RegSvr32” when you try to register a DLL or OCX file on your Windows 11/10 PC, you can try our recommended suggestions below in no particular order (after you go through the initial checklist first) and see if that helps fix the issue on your system.
- Initial checklist
- Run the regsvr32.exe utility with administrator rights.
- Check the location of the required library or component
- Replace or repair a library or component
- Reset Windows 11/10
Let’s look at the description of the offers listed above.
We suggest that before proceeding with the solutions below, you can run an SFC scan; since these libraries are system files, the scan will repair the files if they are corrupted, which could be the culprit here.
To run an SFC scan on your device, do the following:
Open command prompt in admin mode and type below command and click Enter:
Depending on the results of the scan, you may need to proceed with a DISM scan to repair any Windows System Image corruption that may be affecting these system files.
To run a DISM scan, do the following:
In an elevated CMD prompt, copy and paste the following commands and press Enter after each line:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Depending on the severity of the damage, this operation takes 30 minutes or more. Once you have completed both scans and found no signs of any corruption, you can try re-registering the system file that is causing the error. If the file is successfully registered, then fine, if not, you can continue with the rest of the suggestions outlined in this post.
Also regsvr32.exe can be simply infected. So, to rule out this possibility, you can run a full system antivirus scan with Microsoft Defender or any trusted third-party security software.
2]Check the location of the desired library or component.
One of the most common reasons for this is an error with the placement of this component on a Windows 11/10 PC. Even experienced users just out of habit copy the desired file to the System32 directory. For 64-bit Windows, the SysWOW64 system folder is where all components for registration are located. So, make sure you copy the library to the correct folder and then run the regsvr32.exe utility in an elevated command prompt.
For some apps and most third-party games, you may need to look into the app/game installation folder on your local drive.
3]Run the regsvr32.exe utility with administrator rights.
Another most common reason why you are likely to encounter a spotlight issue could be that the utility does not have sufficient permissions or privileges to perform some of the operations required when registering components. In this case, to resolve the issue, make sure you are logged in as an administrator before running the utility in elevated command prompt mode. You can also run the regsvr32.exe utility with administrator rights through File Explorer as follows:
- Press Windows + E open File Explorer .
- In File Explorer, navigate to any of the following directory paths to find the required library file with a .dll or .ocx extension:
- In this location, right-click on the system file.
- Choose open with.
- Click “Show Apps” on the alert that appears.
- How would you like to open this file? , scroll down and click look for another on this PC.
- in the open with opensswitch to System32.
- Right click on this location regsvr32.exe .
- Choose Run as administrator .
Now the command line will open and execute the registry of the desired system file. If these steps do not help, the regsvr32.exe file is probably corrupt or there are Windows registry errors affecting this utility. This could often happen when the computer was shut down improperly, including due to a power outage.
4]Replace or Repair Library or Component
If the location or location of a library or component is in the correct file and folder path, but you receive an error message when you try to re-register the system file, the component itself is likely corrupted or missing. In this case, to eliminate this possibility, you can replace or restore the system file. This can be done by going to Winbindex, then downloading and copying the file to the appropriate system folder. This service (own system files available) allows users to view information about Windows 11/10 OS files and download them from Microsoft servers. Alternatively, you can copy the system file from a recently upgraded Windows 11/10 work PC.
5]Reset Windows 11/10
If all of the suggestions above failed to resolve the issue you are currently experiencing, it is likely that you are dealing with severe system corruption. In this case, the most applicable solution here is to reset Windows 11/10. In this case, the problem started recently, perhaps after installing a new Windows update, you can either uninstall the update or simply perform a system restore to get your system back to normal working condition.
How to fix regsvr32 module failed to load?
Below are the most common solutions for Regsvr32 errors on Windows 11/10 PC:
- Open elevated command prompt.
- If the 32-bit DLL is located in the %systemroot%System32 folder, move it to the %systemroot%SysWoW64 folder.
- Run the following command: %systemroot%SysWoW64regsvr32.
How to fix DLL errors in Windows 11/10?
If you receive a User32.dll error during or after installing a program, hardware component, or driver, you may be able to uninstall the program, hardware component, or driver to resolve the problem. Then restart Windows and reinstall the program, hardware component, or driver, as appropriate.
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