What is a DLL?
A Dynamic Link Library (DLL) is a file that is an external code repository, dynamically loaded and executed by various programs and applications in Windows. Each DLL file can be shared among multiple applications to perform specific functions. This helps the developers in using the same code to perform one task across different applications repeatedly, thereby reducing the size of the application. Some of the common DLL files in a Windows XP system are, kernel32.dll, which manages memory, I/O operations, and IRQs, Wininet, which includes Internet-related functions, and ntlsapi.dll, which manages license server interface.
There are thousands of DLL files on your Windows system that are shared across various applications to perform specific functions. Due to this, it is quite common to encounter DLL errors in a due course. If the frequency of DLL errors increase considerably, then your system is said to have entered the DLL hell.
In this article, we will discuss causes of errors in Kernel32.dll and wininet.dll files and how to repair dll errors.
Due to its use in managing important functions related to memory, input/output information, and interrupts, there are numerous reasons that can lead to kernel32 errors. Listed below are some of the most common causes that trigger kernel32 errors:
- Corrupt or damaged kernel32.dll
- Programs other than Kernel32 gaining access to protected memory space
- Low disk space
- Irregular power supply, overheated CPU, and malfunctioning HDD controller
- Damaged or missing .ccp (Control Panel) file or temp folder
- Damaged file allocation list, swap file, password list, and registry
- Incorrect BIOS configuration
- Incorrectly installed third-party software
- Damaged application files
- Other hardware malfunctioning problems
Methods to repair dll errors related to kernel32.dll errors usually depend on its cause. If an Invalid Page Fault (IPF) error occurs due to a program gaining access to the Kernel32.dll’s protected memory space, then you can fix the problem by uninstalling and then reinstalling the problematic program. If you see that multiple programs are causing the problem then a malfunctioning hardware might be the most probable cause.
In case the errors are occurring in driver files, then the password file on your system might be the cause. To repair this DLL error, search for all .pwl files on your system and delete them. Remember to make a list of passwords stored in these files because you will lose them when you delete the file.
To keep your PC free of driver-related errors, you must ensure that all the drivers on your system are updated regularly. Kernel32.dll errors may also occur due to malicious software that tend to damage the system registry and system files. You can keep these problems at bay by regularly running antivirus scans on your PC. Opting for a reliable third-party registry cleaner software such as RegGenie can help you maintain a healthy, compact, and easily accessible registry.
Wininet.dll errors are usually diagnosed when you receive the following error messages:
This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
Program_name caused an Invalid Page Fault in Module Wininet.dll
Program_name caused a divide error in module Wininet.dll.
Program_name caused exception xxxxxxxxx in Wininet.dll
The DLL_name file is linked to the missing export file Wininet.dll.
Program_name represent programs such as Regsrv32.exe, Explorer.exe, and
DLL_name is a dll file.
Wininet.dll errors usually occur:
- Due to a lack of disk space to store Internet Explorer cache files.
- Damaged cache files in the Temporary Internet Explorer folder.
- Damaged History or cache folders.
- Damaged index files of History and cache folders.
You can see that most of the wininet.dll problems are caused due to problems in the Temporary Internet file, cache and history files and folders. Therefore, you can resolve these problems by deleting the Temporary Internet files folder, History files, and cache files.
DLL files help your XP operating system and various applications installed on it to perform specific functions. Because DLL files are shared across multiple application systems, DLL errors are quite common. To repair dll errors, you must ensure that you do not have a malfunctioning hardware, incorrectly installed software, or damaged folders and registry on your system. You must regularly run antivirus and anti-spyware scans to prevent malicious programs from attacking your system. Last but not least, you must ensure that the system registry is in good condition. For this, you must regularly scan and repair registry errors.
Driver Update: Many errors are related to driver problems such as obsolete, outdated or incompatible drivers. A driver update tool is recommended to scan your system for corrupted and outdated drivers and to ensure that all your drivers stay up-to-date.