Resolve Gdiplus.dll Error

Gdiplus.dll (Microsoft GDI Plus Library) – File details

Gdiplus.dll is part of the Microsoft Windows operating system and is used by Windows to display graphics on your screen.

By default, the gdiplus.dll file is located in %system% folder. The known file sizes of the gdiplus.dll file are – 1,700,352, 1,712,128, 1,748,992, 1,724,416, and 1,645,320 bytes.

Note: %system% is a variable that refers to Windows System folder. By default, in Windows XP and Vista, it is C:\Windows\System32.

Is it safe to remove the gdiplus.dll file?

No, do not remove gdiplus.dll file. Windows computers will not function properly if the gdiplu.dll file is missing.

Gdiplus.dll Error 1

When you try to run applications, such as Windows Media Player, you may receive an error message similar to the one displayed below:

“The application has failed to start because gdiplus.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix the problem”

Cause of the Error

Typically, the above error is generated when the gdiplus.dll file is not located in C:\Windows\System32 folder or if it is corrupt.

To fix the error, complete the following tasks:

  • Rename the gdiplus.dll file.
  • Download a new copy of gdiplus.dll file and save it in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

To rename the gdiplus.dll file present in your system folder, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. Type the cmd command in the Open box and press Enter.
  3. At command prompt type cd c:\windows\system32 and press Enter.
  4. Next, type ren gdiplus.dll gdiplus.old.dll and press Enter.
  5. Type exit and press Enter to close command prompt.

After you have renamed the gdiplus.dll file, download a new copy of gdiplus.dll from a reliable and free on-line DLL directory. As gdiplus.dll is a redistributable file from Microsoft, it is better you download the latest version of gdiplus.dll from the Microsoft website. Save the file in your System folder (By default, it is c:\Windows\System32) and restart your computer.

Gdiplus.dll Error 2

When you open applications, such as Windows Defender and Windows Explorer, the application crashes, and the error message shows Fault Module Name as gdiplus.dll.

Resolution Steps

Often, these errors are attributed to third-party fonts installed on the computer. First, check to see if you have installed any third-party fonts, if yes then remove them and try to open the application.

If the error persists, register the gdiplus.dll file and see if that fixes the error. To register gdiplus.dll, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Run.
  2. Type regsvr32 gdiplus.dll in the Open box and press Enter.

If you still get the error, run a malware scan on your computer using reliable antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease. Malware programs, such as viruses, worms, rootkits, and trojans may corrupt your DLL files and interfere with running processes and cause errors.

You may also experience recurring DLL errors if your system registry is damaged or unhealthy. That is why, it is important that you regularly clean your registry using reliable registry cleaning software, such as RegServe. RegServe is an advanced registry cleaning utility that allows you to perform custom registry scans to identify and fix DLL errors.