How to fix opengl32.dll file missing error in Windows

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When you try to open a file, an error message such as " Opengl32.dll not found ". This error prevents an application from opening and can be made worse, but fortunately it has a solution.

What is Opengl32.dll?

The first thing to know is that it is a system DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file. It belongs to Microsoft and is used for run the operating system or some applications.

The file is usually located in the directory C:WindowsSystem32 where reside usually the system files. To register it, open the Command Prompt application and enter “regsvr32 opengl32.dll”.



Source of the Opengl32.dll error

The most common reason for this error is that the file is not on the disk. But it can also be caused by a virus, an error in the Windows registry, or a failure to install an application.

Knowing the reason will allow us to solve the problem. It is important to pay close attention to the error text and determine the reason for the failure. Some causes can be:

  • Execution failed
  • Cannot find opengl32.dll
  • Error loading opengl32.dll
  • Opengl32.dll access violation
  • Cannot register opengl32.dll

How to fix opengl32.dll error?

To avoid errors while trying to recover the file and fix the error, it is recommended that you start Windows in Safe mode. The goal is to recover, replace or reinstall the file.

The error originates when trying to open a program

If the error appears when you try to start an application, it is best to reinstall it. With the installation the missing file should be copied back to the folder or replace the current version.



The error started after deleting a file

It is possible that you have deleted the file by mistake, but you still have a chance to recover it if it's in the trash. Go to the recycle bin and find the opengl32.dll file and restore it so that it returns to its original folder.

The error first appeared after an update

If an error in updating your system was what caused the error, that's better restore your PC to the latest version which worked flawlessly. Look for the Reset this PC feature to fix any recent errors.

The error started after installing a driver

This type of error is usually evident when starting a video game or application related to one of the devices. In this case it is necessary update i device driver of PC.

If the error persists after the update, try installing an older version of the drivers. Remember to download the files from the official site not to install malicious software by mistake.

The error originated unexpectedly

The first thing to do is to rule out that the error is not caused by a virus. Start scanning your PC with an antivirus for possible threats. Viruses can be responsible for deleting or corrupting files on your hard drive.


Executes functional test hard drive and memory. When either of them is faulty, they usually damage system files, generating these kinds of errors.

There are several applications that allow you to diagnose the status of devices. In case one of them fails, it is best to replace the memory or disk.


If your PC is virus-free and you still have PC issues, try installing or repairing all Windows updates and cleaning the registry. Try to do the latter very carefully, as a mistake would cause permanent system failure.

The error keeps appearing

As a last resort, reinstall the operating system. If none of the above worked for you, perform a system repair or format your hard drive.

When you reinstall Windows you have to make a backup of all your information. Since you will lose all installed files and programs.

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