How to Troubleshoot ‘Version.dll Missing Error’ in Windows?

Version.dll is an important file that enables other programs to pull details about the version of the operating system. A DLL, or Dynamic Link Library, is a kind of file that contains code that multiple programs can use at the same time.

This file is stored in the system32 folder and should be kept both undamaged and in the correct place in order not to be deleted. If any of these conditions are violated, a “Version.dll not found” or “missing error message” will appear.

1. Run SFC Scannow

Corrupted DLL files can be repaired by executing the SFC command. The SFC, or System File Checker, is a command-line tool used for repairing or restoring the integrity of system files, particularly DLL files.

As Version.dll is a Microsoft file found in the system32 folder, we can attempt to restore it using the SFC command in the command prompt.

  1. Hit the Win key and input Command Prompt.
  2. After you right-click the Command Prompt, select Run as administrator.
  3. Once this step is done, key in the command sfc /scannow and press Enter to execute the command.
  4. After this is done, check to see if the error message is still showing up.

2. Uninstall the Mods (if applicable)

If the following error occurs when you’re launching games, you need to verify that the mods you’ve installed are not corrupted. Removing the mods temporarily is suggested to see if the error is fixed.

3. Reinstall the Game or Application

Reinstalling the game or application can help solve the issue since it completely removes the program files and associated data from your system. During the reinstallation process, the corrupted or missing DLL files, such as Version.dll, are also replaced with the new ones.

  1. Press the Win key and enter Add or Remove programs.
  2. Press Enter to access the settings.
  3. Click the three dots of the application you want to remove and click Uninstall.
  4. Once it’s uninstalled, get the program from the official website and install it again.
  5. Check to see if the problem has been resolved after this.

4. Manually download the Version.dll

If you wish to resolve this error message, you can manually download the DLL file from the internet and replace the corrupted DLL file with it. If you follow the steps to reinstall the DLL file correctly, this solution usually works.

  1. Get the Version.dll DLL from the link provided.
  2. Before you download, make sure you know your Windows system type. This way, you’ll know whether to download the 64 or the 32-bit operating system.
  3. Go to the Start Menu, type About into it, and press Enter to access the settings.
  4. Verify the system type in this setting. Remember to download the DLL file that corresponds to this.
  5. After successfully downloading it, use WinRar to extract the DLL folder.
  6. With this done, go to the folder where you extracted the file, copy the DLL file, and paste it into the following directory:

  7. After this step, check whether the issue is still present or has been resolved.

If none of the fixes work for you, you can use a system restore utility to revert to a previous state if you have created a restore point before facing this problem. Alternatively, you can reset your Windows system without losing any data.

Before resetting Windows, it is advisable to perform a full system scan with either Windows Defender or a reliable antivirus software.


Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.