How to Fix KERNEL32.dll Missing Error.

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    What is Kernel32.dll?

    Kernel32.dll is a 32-bit dynamic link library file which is present in the kernel of Windows operating system.Kernel32.dll acts as an integrated administration which provides the following services :-

    1. memory management
    2. input/output operations
    3. interrupts

    When Windows starts up,Kernel32.dll is loaded into a protected memory space so that other applications do not allow to use the same space in memory to perform their operations.Thus, Kernel32.dll is an important file and plays a vital role in handling normal system operation.That's why, Kernel32.dll is an important file and plays a vital role in handling normal system operation.

    Causes of Kernel32.dll error

    There are so many factors that are responsible for kernel32 file errors, some of them are mentioned below:-
    1. When a program or application tries to access same space (Kernel32.dll's protected memory space) in computer's memory.
    2. kernel32.dll errors are generally caused, when two programs or applications share the same kernel.32dll file. When a program is deleted it will delete the kernel32.dll file associated with both programs.
    3. This errors can also appear when a kernel32.dll file is faulty or incorrect versions of the file.

    More Possible Cause:

    4. Damaged password list files.
    5. corrupted thumbs.db files.
    6. Run a virus scan.
    7. Test your system memory for damage.
    8.Repair your Windows installation.
    9. Perform a clean installation of Windows.
    10.Update drivers for any hardware that is responsible this error.

    Kernel32.dll Error Messages

    When kernel32.dll error occurs in computer system , it appears in the form of error message. Kernel32.dll error messages display when Windows starts up,when we open an application, when we are running an application, when we close a program or any time at the session of Windows.

    Some Common error messages are given below:-

    1. 'Explorer caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.DLL'

    2. 'Iexplore caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.DLL'

    3. 'Commgr32 caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.dll'

    4. 'Error in Kernel32.dll'

    5. '[PROGRAM NAME] has caused an error in Kernel32.dll'

    How to install and uninstall kernel32.dll file?

    1. Press Start and select Run
    2. Type CMD and press Enter
    3. Type regsvr32 kernel32.dll and press Enter * To install the dll files, type: regsvr32 kernel32.dll * To uninstall the dll files, type: regsvr32 -u kernel32.dll
    4. In the end, you should receive a message saying that your file was successfully installed or uninstalled.

    Procedure how to fix kernel32.dll file error:

    Download kernel32.dll zip File form


    Extract the zip file

    Copy the kernel32.dll file

    Go to the location in Computer C:\Windows\System32 and Paste the file here

    If your operating system is 64 bit, then also paste file in, C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder.

    if the above procedure is not working then , i suggest you to download and Install the latest version of DirectX

    Follow the steps to check which version of directX is installed in your computer.
    a) Press Windows + R.
    b) Type dxdiag and click ok.

    that's all.
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  • Chris Gaming

     (Jun 3, 2017)

    hai frends in dis vidio i will sou u hau tu fix da kernel32 dat dielel

  • C99

     (Dec 27, 2016)

    GUYS FIND THE KERNEL32.DLL FILE RENAME IT TO KERNEL32.dll_oldand then paste the new one in

  • Ayume Yume

     (Aug 31, 2014)

    Help!When i want to put in the system32 folder is saying:"Cannot copy kernel32:it is being used by another person or program.Close any programs thet might be using the file and try again."I close all the programs.Please help me!


     (Jun 2, 2014)

    i did the same thing but still dosent Workplease some one help me, cant download

  • AymanGaming AG

     (Jun 17, 2016)

    used by another person or program pls help

  • Self Study

     (Sep 1, 2016)

    it did not work on win xp it says can not copy the file with same file name

  • Sumit K

     (May 11, 2016)

    i have Need For Speed The Run.exe Entry Point Not Found Kernel32.dll problem but it don''t worked

  • Deafult God

     (May 1, 2017)

    Can you please fix my ROBLOX it says here that Roblox versions file not specified plz fix it! PLS!

  • Proud Nigerian Leader

     (Nov 20, 2016)

    Why my Kernel32's picture is like internet explorer and not like that does it matter???

  • C99

     (Dec 27, 2016)

    Niko Andersson well can you enter safe mode? If you can go to safe mode with networkingOpen web browserSearch for kernel32.dllAnd download it it should be a zip fileIf you are windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 extract it to C:\windows\System32

  • Proud Nigerian Leader

     (Dec 27, 2016)

    Well i cant open any of my apps or i cant restart my windows when im trying to open it it says kerbel32 is missing and it is in my computer why?

  • Sumit K

     (May 11, 2016)

    it says cannot copy kernel32 : It is being used by another person or program

  • Justin Ebora

     (May 6, 2017)

    My pc is broken i kill all the kernel32.dll i am glad that i didn't save it fuck my life!

  • Apheirox

     (Oct 26, 2016)

    Codescoder, many thanks for these useful videos!However, I don't see how one is to get kernel32.dll installed using the Process Explorer to kill its running applications - kernel32.dll is a core system file so you won't be allowed to kill all its processes using the Process Explorer. Even the Process Explorer itself uses kernel32.dll so you obviously can't kill it... How is one supposed to work around this and get kernel32 installed? Please advice!