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Microsoft Windows Codecs Library

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Since you decided to visit this page, chances are you’re either looking for windowscodecs.dll file, or a way to fix the “windowscodecs.dll is missing” error. Look through the information below, which explains how to resolve your issue. On this page, you can download the windowscodecs.dll file as well.

What is WindowsCodecs.dll?

WindowsCodecs.dll a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file, developed by Microsoft, which is referred to essential system files of the Windows OS. It usually contains a set of procedures and driver functions, which may be applied by Windows.

What is WindowsCodecs.dll used for?

WindowsCodecs.dll file, also known as Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, is commonly associated with Microsoft® Windows® Operating System. It is an essential component, which ensures that Windows programs operate properly. Thus, if the windowscodecs.dll file is missing, it may negatively affect the work of the associated software.

What is WindowsCodecs.dll is missing error mean?

There are multiple reasons that may cause windowscodecs.dll errors. These include Windows registry issues, malicious software, faulty applications, etc.

Error messages related to the windowscodecs.dll file can also indicate that the file has been incorrectly installed, corrupted or removed.

Other common windowscodecs.dll errors include:

  • “windowscodecs.dll is missing”
  • “windowscodecs.dll error loading”
  • “windowscodecs.dll crash”
  • “windowscodecs.dll was not found”
  • “windowscodecs.dll could not be located”
  • “windowscodecs.dll Access Violation”
  • “The procedure entry point windowscodecs.dll error”
  • “Cannot find windowscodecs.dll”
  • “Cannot register windowscodecs.dll”
windowscodecs.dll - System Error The program can`t start because windowscodecs.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix problem.

How to fix WindowsCodecs.dll missing error?

If the “windowscodecs.dll is missing” error occurs, you may use one of the methods below – manual or automatic – to solve the problem. The manual method assumes that you download the windowscodecs.dll file and put it inside the game/application installation folder, while the second method is much easier as it allows you to automatically fix the error with minimum effort.

Method 1: Download WindowsCodecs.dll

Search through available versions of windowscodecs.dll from the list below, select the correct file and press the “Download” link. If you cannot decide which version to choose, read the article below or use the automatic method to resolve the issue

WindowsCodecs.dll, 13 available versions

Bits & Version File size Checksums
32bit 6.3.9600.16521 1.3 MB
MD5 37c863f568421ee07cead1f181138f79
SHA1 4487c88e658c78cfe09d5a1715e344923a80699a
32bit 6.2.9200.16809 1.3 MB
MD5 7e25073a2e14b0628f9325859f8d7d48
SHA1 5862d0c6efe06d7b2445d9af25f7c79738917ca8
32bit 6.2.9200.16492 1.2 MB
MD5 3bcecd87ab4e6743bfb45b352ad1a529
SHA1 982b4e8a8fb5f02a3a55de1152e775365b91f8aa
32bit 6.1.7601.17514 1.0 MB
MD5 1db71a41daee6b3f8cd0dda8209fa2d5
SHA1 22a3861d5183cbcf6a2d37601a79d0773a9e1c5c
32bit 6.0.6001.18131 696.0 KB
MD5 a5a3089763fe03c88c20b7c26ce15dd3
SHA1 2139b2d442fae2cdc66a474ee03d224ee7ac94a3
64bit 6.0.6001.18131 821.5 KB
MD5 ae2cc79b64b5e41b7ee99932862e3078
SHA1 1322264c4f3457653b0dcb791da2b990fc8f0406
32bit 6.0.6001.17009 696.0 KB
MD5 696147513d02c624e6a64ed026e95941
SHA1 0ffb923c5dfc9c936dcd11ac4e8ad124a217a1bd
32bit 6.0.5840.16388 699.5 KB
MD5 f3f38ac8d5c1c35cfa48a597ecbb1290
SHA1 f29b45cc3bed9fb191557d3c43739fbdee93ab37
64bit 10.0.18362.959 1.7 MB
MD5 5f4c72fda08209acc5fc9c2df1713652
SHA1 92bf88630f8ea065f90898e16ca70276d85a1525
64bit 10.0.14393.0 1.7 MB
MD5 9b1c299b9fba3d31703cd308dfd6928e
SHA1 233f14b50330fe08500ea76a426d06a8b4912f4d
32bit 10.0.14393.0 1.4 MB
MD5 c965375c8e3f1b95fa96c9d79597d03b
SHA1 f4926ace9dab2f310def5b149c7419514e4ac654
32bit 10.0.10586.494 1.5 MB
MD5 236b3202bbb1fcd6c3319a994056e108
SHA1 628afcd64870fe0f0ff1491f29d6dc6dccc413b6
64bit 10.0.10586.494 1.7 MB
MD5 63660131b3b6f976f28e75f37dfb2f5f
SHA1 19f4c7446b3813851956387510258eb67cdaeb67

How to choose the correct version of WindowsCodecs.dll?

First, look through descriptions in the table above and select the proper file for your program. Pay attention to whether it’s a 64-, or 32-bit file, as well as the language it uses. For 64-bit programs, use 64-bit files if they are listed above.

It’s best to choose those dll files which language corresponds to the language of your program, if possible. We also recommend downloading the latest versions of dll files for an up-to-date functionality.

Where to place the WindowsCodecs.dll file?

To repair the “windowscodecs.dll is missing” error, put the file inside the application/game installation folder. Alternatively, you can place the windowscodecs.dll file within the Windows system directory.

How to register WindowsCodecs.dll?

If putting the missing windowscodecs.dll file into the proper directory doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll have to register it. To do so, copy your DLL file to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, and open a command prompt with admin rights. There, type “regsvr32 windowscodecs.dll” and press Enter.

Method 2: Fix the missing WindowsCodecs.dll error automatically

With WikiDll Fixer you can automatically repair windowscodecs.dll errors. The utility will not only download the correct version of windowscodecs.dll for absolutely free and suggest the right directory to install it but also resolve other issues related to the windowscodecs.dll file.
  • Step 1: Click the “Download App. ” button to get an automatic tool, provided by WikiDll.
  • Step 2: Install the utility by following simple installation instructions.
  • Step 3: Launch the program to fix your windowscodecs.dll errors and other issues.
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Method 3: Update drivers to restore missing .dll files

Driver updates for the Windows operating system, as well as for network adapters, monitors, printers, etc., can be independently downloaded and installed from the Windows Update Center or by using specialized utilities.

OPTION 1 - Automatic Device Drivers Update

Outbyte Driver Updater automatically updates drivers on Windows. Routine driver updates are now a thing of the past!
  • Step 1: Download the Outbyte Driver Updater
  • Step 2: Install the application
  • Step 3: Launch the app
  • Step 4: Driver Updater will scan your system for outdated and missing drivers
  • Step 5: Click Update to automatically update all drivers

OPTION 2 - Manually Update Device Drivers

  • Step 1: Go to Taskbar' search box - write Device Manager - choose Device Manager
  • Step 2: Select a category to look at the devices' names - make right-click the one that needs to be updated
  • Step 3: Choose Search automatically for updated driver software
  • Step 4: Look at Update Driver, and select it
  • Step 5: Windows might not be able to find the new driver. In this case, the user can see the driver on the manufacturer's website, where all the necessary instructions are available

Method 4: Scan your PC for malware to fix windowscodecs.dll error

Sometimes windowscodecs.dll error can happen because of malware on your computer. The malicious software can intentionally corrupt DLL files in order to substitute them with its own malicious files. Therefore, your number one priority should be to scan your computer for malware and eliminate it as soon as possible.

OPTION 1 - Windows Defender

The new version of Windows 10 has a built-in application called "Windows Defender", which allows you to check your computer for viruses and remove malware, which is difficult to remove in a running operating system. In order to use the Windows Defender Offline scan, go to the settings (Start - Gear icon or Win + I key), select "Update and Security" and go to the "Windows Defender" section.
How to use Windows Defender Offline Scan
  • Step 1: Press Win key or click on Start and click on Gear icon. Alternatively press Win + I key combination.
  • Step 2: Select Update and Security option and go to Windows Defender section.
  • Step 3: At the bottom of the defender settings there is the checkbox " Windows Defender Offline scan". To start it, click "Scan Now". Note that you have to save all unsaved data before rebooting your PC.

After clicking “Scan Now” burton, the computer will reboot and automatically start searching viruses and malware. Upon completion of the scan, the computer will restart, and in the notifications, you will see a report on the completed scan.

OPTION 2 - Outbyte Antivirus

Outbyte products are one of the most popular and effective to fight malware and unwanted programs, and they will come in handy even when you have a high-quality third-party antivirus installed. Scanning in the new version of Malwarebytes can be performed in real time and manually. To initiate manual scan please follow the steps below:
  • Step 1: Launch the Outbyte program and click Scan Now button. Also, you can select Scan option on the left side of the program’s window and click Full Scan. The system will begin scanning and you will be able to see the scan results.
  • Step 2: Select items that you want to quarantine and press “Quarantine Selected” button. When quarantined, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
  • Step 3: After the program has been restarted, you can delete all quarantined objects by going to the appropriate section of the program or restore some of them if it turned out that after quarantining something from your software began to work incorrectly.

Method 5: Fix WindowsCodecs.dll missing error with System File Checker (SFC)

Many users are familiar with the sfc / scannow system file integrity check command, which automatically checks and fixes protected Windows system files. To execute this command, you have to run command prompt as administrator.
  • Step 1: Start the command line as an administrator in Windows by pressing Win key on your keyboard and typing "Command Prompt" in the search field, then - right-click on the result and select Run as administrator. Alternatively, you can press Win + X key combination which will open the menu where you can select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Step 2: Type sfc / scannow while in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

After entering the command, a system check will begin. It will take a while, so please be patient. Once operation is complete you will get the message “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.” or “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them”.

Keep in mind that System File Checker (SFC) cannot fix integrity errors for those system files that are currently being used by operating system. To fix these files you have to run SFC command through the command prompt in the Windows recovery environment. You can get into Windows Recovery Environment from the login screen, by clicking Shutdown, then holding down the Shift key while selecting Restart.

In Windows 10, you can press Win key, select Settings > Update & security > Recovery and under Advanced Startup, click Restart now. You can also boot from the installation disk or bootable USB flash drive with the Windows 10 distribution. On the installation screen select your preferred language and then select “System Restore”. After that, go to “Troubleshooting” > “Advanced Settings” > “Command Prompt”. Once in Command Prompt type the following command: sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=C:\Windows where C is the partition with the installed operating system, and C: \ Windows is the path to the Windows 10 folder.

This operation will take a while and it is important to wait until it is complete. When finished, close the command prompt and restart the computer as usual.

Method 6: Fix corrupted WindowsCodecs.dll file by performing System Restore

System Restore is very useful when you want to fix windowscodecs.dll error. Using the "System Restore" function, you can choose restore Windows to the date when the windowscodecs.dll file was not damaged. Thus, restoring Windows to an earlier date cancels changes made to system files. Please follow the steps below to roll back Windows using System Restore and get rid of windowscodecs.dll error.
  • Step 1: Press the Win + R keys combination to launch Run dialog.
  • Step 2: Type rstrui in the Run text box and click OK or hit Enter. It will open the system recovery utility.
  • Step 3: The “System Restore” window may include the “Choose a different restore point” option. If so, select this option and click Next. Check the “Show more restore points” checkbox to see a complete list of dates.
  • Step 4: Select a date to restore Windows 10. Keep in mind that you need to select a recovery point that will restore Windows to the date when the windowscodecs.dll error message did not appear.
  • Step 5: Click the "Next" button and then click "Finish" to confirm your restore point.

At this point, your computer will reboot normally and boot up with restored version of Windows, and windowscodecs.dll error should be resolved.

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