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What is kernel32.dll error and how to deal with it

In this article you will find out:

  • 4 ways to get rid of this issue
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

Kernel32.dll (Windows NT BASE API Client DLL) is one of the system DLL files containing a set of driver procedures and functions used in the corresponding Windows software.

If you receive “Kernel32.dll is missing”, you will most likely have problems with the Windows registry, malware, faulty applications, etc.

Also, the message “entry point not found kernel32.dll” may indicate that the file was incorrectly installed/removed or damaged.

4 ways to get rid of this issue


1. Download file

In general, it is recommended to download the latest dll files for more up-to-date functionality.

Next, place the downloaded file in the application/game installation folder or in the Windows system directory.

After that, you need to register this file: copy the DLL file to the C: \ Windows \ System32 folder. Next, open a command prompt with administrator rights and type "regsvr32 kernel32.dll" and press Enter. After that, the error “kernel32.dll missing” will be fixed.

2. Use system file checker

SFC checks the integrity of system files and repairs protected Windows system files. You need to open a command prompt with administrative rights to run this command, and you must run a command prompt as administrator (Win + X, in this menu, you must select Command Prompt (administrator)).

Now type sfc / scannow and press Enter to run this tool to fix system errors.

Note: Remember that SFC will not deal with the errors of those system files currently used by the operating system. In order to fix this, you need to run the SFC command in the Windows Recovery Environment. There are several ways to do this:

  • Under Settings, select Update & Security, and then click Recovery. And in the "Advanced Startup" section, you should click "Restart Now".
  • If you have an installation disc, you can run the command line from it.

3. System restore

You can use this method if you have activated the "Create Restore Points" function. In such a case, the error kernel32.dll can be easily resolved. So, open a command prompt (this is described in the previous method) and enter rstrui in the Run text box, then press Enter.

In the new window, select the "Choose a different restore point" option and click Next. Now, you have the option to select a date to restore Windows 10 and click Next and then Finish. After restarting your computer, it will work without error.

4. Scan your PC

This will help you find and remove viruses and other malicious utilities from your computer; perhaps the kernel32.dll missing error will disappear forever.

For this purpose, you can use:

  • "Windows Defender" if you have Windows 10. This is a standard built-in utility that can scan your computer for viruses in an offline version.
  • Any other third-party antivirus application.

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