Opengl.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the opengl DLL file.

In some cases, opengl.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

This error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft’s operating systems, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Opengl.dll Errors

opengl DLL error message in Windows

There are several ways opengl.dll errors can show up on your computer:

  • Opengl.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because opengl.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
  • Cannot find [PATH]opengl.dll
  • The file opengl.dll is missing
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: opengl.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again

Opengl.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

The context of the error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

How to Fix Opengl.dll Errors

Follow these steps in the order they've given below to try the more likely fixes first.

Do not download opengl.dll from a “DLL download” website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file is a bad idea. If you need a copy of this file, it’s best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

  1. Restore opengl.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a “missing” opengl.dll file is that you’ve mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect this, but you’ve already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover the file with a free file recovery program.

    Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of these steps if you’re unable to access Windows normally due to the error.

  2. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some opengl.dll errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file. It’s even possible that the opengl.dll error you’re seeing is related to a hostile program that’s masquerading as the file.

  3. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, System Restore could solve the problem.

  4. Reinstall the program that uses the opengl.dll file. If the DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.

    Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the opengl.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this error.

  5. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to opengl.dll. If, for example, you’re receiving a “The file opengl.dll is missing” error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

  6. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if opengl.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device’s driver.

  7. Install any available Windows updates. Many service packs and other patches replace or update some of the hundreds of Microsoft distributed DLL files on your computer. The opengl.dll file could be included in one of those updates.

    You should update Windows with any relevant updates even if opengl.dll isn't available through Windows Update. It's possible that an update not yet installed is needed in order for opengl.dll to work properly.

  8. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. We’ve left the majority of hardware troubleshooting to the last step, but your computer’s memory and hard drive are easy to test and are the most likely components that might cause opengl.dll errors as they fail.

    If the hardware fails any of your tests, replace the memory or replace the hard drive as soon as possible.

  9. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  10. Use a free registry cleaner to repair opengl.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid opengl.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

    We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners, but they're included as an option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.

  11. Perform a clean installation of Windows. This will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the opengl.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

    All the information on your hard drive will be erased during a clean install. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the opengl.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to performing a clean install.

  12. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any opengl.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

Need More Help?

If you’re not interested in fixing this problem yourself, see How Do I Get My Computer Fixed? for a full list of your support options, plus help with everything along the way like figuring out repair costs, getting your files off, choosing a repair service, and a lot more.

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