Wing32.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of wing32.dll, a DLL file that belongs to the DirectX predecessor WinG.
In some cases, wing32.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.
The wing32.dll 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.
There are several ways wing32.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common errors you might see:
- Wing32.dll Not Found
- This application failed to start because wing32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
- Cannot find [PATH]wing32.dll
- The file wing32.dll is missing
- Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: wing32.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again
The context of the wing32.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.
Wing32.dll error messages are most often seen when trying to play certain PC games like Monopoly, Scrabble, SimTown, or Civil War Generals 2. A common reason for the error is that the game is trying to run in a newer version of Windows even though it was designed to work with an older version like Windows XP.
How to Fix Wing32.dll Errors
Follow these steps in the order they're given below to try the simpler solutions first.
Do not download wing32.dll from a DLL download website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file like that is a bad idea. If you need a copy of this file, it’s best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.
Restore wing32.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a “missing” wing32.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 data recovery program.
Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of these steps if you’re unable to access Windows normally due to the wing32.dll error.
Run the program in compatibility mode and select the Windows XP option.
Download wing32.dll from Internet Archive. Get the ZIP file through that link, unpack it to find the DLL file, and then copy wing32.dll to the System32 folder (or whatever folder the error says it’s missing from).
The files found through that link are hosted on Internet Archive, not Microsoft's website.
Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some wing32.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 error you’re seeing is related to a hostile program that’s masquerading as the file.
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.
Reinstall the program that uses the wing32.dll file. If the wing32.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.
Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to wing32.dll. If, for example, you’re receiving a “The file wing32.dll is missing” error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.
The wing32.dll file may or may not be related to video cards—this was just an example. The key here is to pay very close attention to the context of the error and troubleshoot accordingly.
Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if wing32.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device’s driver.
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 wing32.dll file could be included in one of those updates.
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 wing32.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.
Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual wing32.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.
Use a free registry cleaner to repair wing32.dll related issues in the registry. A registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid wing32.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.
We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. They're included as an option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.
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 wing32.dll error, this should be your next course of action.
All the information on your hard drive will be erased during this step. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the wing32.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.
Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any wing32.dll errors persist. After a clean Windows installation, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.
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