(Solved) “Procedure Entry Point Not Found” Error in Windows

If you are encountering the “Procedure Entry Point Not Found” error on your Windows computer, don’t worry – this issue can be resolved. This error message usually appears when you attempt to open an application, and it is caused by a corrupted or missing dynamic link library (DLL) file.

Entry Point Not Found Error
Entry Point Not Found Error Fix

There are a few different methods you can try to fix this error, depending on the cause of the issue. Here are some possible solutions:

Method 1: Replace or Fix the Corrupted DLL File

The first step is to identify which DLL file is causing the error. The error message should provide the name of the file. Once you know the name of the file, you can replace it with a working version or try to fix the existing file. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Identify the name of the DLL file that is causing the error.
    Identify the name of DLL causing Entry Point Error
    Identify the name of DLL causing Entry Point Error
  2. Search this DLL on Google to download replacement of this DLL.
    Searching for DLL on Google
    Searching for DLL on Google
  3. Replace the corrupted DLL file with the new one. You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
    Place the newly downloaded DLL file in your applications’ directory (location where the program is installed in) Then place it in following folders accordingly: (x86) – C:\Windows\System32 (x64) – C:\Windows\SysWOW64
  4. If you cannot find a working version of the DLL file, you can try to fix the existing file by running the System File Checker (SFC) tool. To run SFC, open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type “sfc /scannow” (without quotes) and press Enter. The tool will scan for and repair any corrupted system files, including DLL files. We have a detailed article on SFC, please refer to How to Run SFC Scan in Windows.

Method 2: Perform a System Restore (if applicable)

If the error started occurring after a recent change to your system, such as an application update or a driver installation, you can try to undo the change by performing a system restore. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Start menu and type “System Restore” (without quotes).
  2. Click on “Create a restore point” and then click on “System Restore”.
    Using System Restore to Fix DLL
  3. Select a restore point from a date when the error was not occurring and follow the prompts to restore your system.
    Opening System Restore
    Opening System Restore

Method 3: Reinstall the Application

If the error is only occurring when you try to open a specific application, the application may be corrupted. In this case, you can try to reinstall the application to fix the issue. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Control Panel and click on “Programs and Features.
  2. Find the application in the list and click on it.
  3. Click on “Uninstall” and follow the prompts to remove the application from your system.
  4. Download a fresh copy of the application from the official website or another reliable source.
  5. Install the application and try opening it again.

Method 4: Run a Virus Scan

If none of the above methods work, it’s possible that your computer is infected with a virus or other type of malware. Run a virus scan on your computer using an antivirus software to detect and remove any threats. Make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date and perform a full scan of your system.

By following one or more of these methods, you should be able to resolve the “Procedure Entry Point Not Found” error on your Windows computer. Remember to always download software and files from reliable sources to prevent this issue from occurring in the first place.


Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.