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  • How to Fix “The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer” Error Message (Windows XP, 7, 8, 10)

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    OpenAL32.dll is a dynamic link library (DLL) file designed and developed by Creative Labs Inc. and NVIDIA Corp. It is commonly used by video games and various Windows software which utilize GPU acceleration.

    It is usually located within the same folder as the program which uses it, but it may also be found in C:\Windows\System32.

    When OpenAL32.dll becomes corrupted or accidentally removed, program will most likely crash when started, and you’ll get en error message like this:


    dirt3_game.exe – System Error: The program can’t start because OpenAL32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.


    Method 1: reinstall the program which returns the error

    Since almost every software which utilize OpenAL32.dll contains its own version of this library, the best practice is to uninstall the problematic program completely and do a fresh installation. Still, some programs are written to use OpenAL32.dll from within the Windows system folder, so en error will reoccur after reinstalling the program.


    Method 2: reinstall all Nvidia related software 

    If you’re using Nvidia graphic card, the solution may be to reinstall your Nvidia software and drivers. Make sure to remove all Nvidia related software before installing the new drivers. The best practice would be to remove drivers using Display Driver Uninstaller.


    Method 3: download and manually add OpenAL32.dll

    Although many tutorials all over the Internet suggest this as the first and best solution, it should definitely be the last one. Why? Simple because it is always better to try reinstalling OpenAL32.dll from the source which causes the problem, then to download it from the Internet and risk to get inappropriate file version.

    Still, nothing dangerous could happen if you do it, so if nothing else works, download OpenAL32.dll from HERE and place it into the same directory where main executable file is located.

    If your program is still unable to start, try to copy downloaded OpenAL32.dll to C:\Windows\System32 folder. If there’s already the same named file inside System32 folder, backup the original file before replacing. If file is currently in use, you should reboot your computer to safe mode and try again. For further instructions on Windows Safe Mode click HERE.


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  • How to Fix 0xc000007b Application Error (Windows 7 64bit)

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    The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b). Click OK to close the application.

    Most frequently happens with these games:

    Assassins Creed IV Black Flag ( AC4BFSP.exe )
    Battlefield 4 ( bf4.exe )
    Call of Duty: Ghosts ( iw6mp64_ship.exe )
    The Elder Scrolls Skyrim ( SkyrimLauncher.exe )
    Diablo 3 ( Diablo III.exe )
    Dirt 3 ( dirt3_game.exe )
    Watch Dogs ( Watch_Dogs.exe )
    Just Cause 2 Multiplayer ( JcmpLauncher.exe )
    Child of Light ( ChildofLight.exe )
    Grand Theft Auto V (GTA5.exe)


    AC4BFSP.exe 0xc000007b Application Error

    This is a very common error that sometimes occurs when trying to run some DirectX games or applications. According to numerous articles all across the internet, it occurs when a 32-bit application is trying to interact with 64-bit system environment. Although Windows XP may sometimes returns a similar error, it most commonly happens in Windows 7 64-bit. There are many solutions to this problem, but none of them is 100% effective. Yet, there are couple of tricks that will solve this trouble in the highest number of cases.

    Before trying more complicated methods, there are few simple ways which may help solving 0xc000007b or any other similar error. These are:


    Reinstall the application

    Uninstall the application which gives you an error and install it again. During installation, pay attention to these:
    1. Turn off your antivirus software before starting the installation.
    2. Accept any additional software offered during installation process, since it may be crucial for running your application properly. You can skip things such as search bars, antivirus scanners, registry cleaners and the other software which isn’t directly related to the application.
    3. Install an application to the system partition (C:). Although this shouldn’t matter, it’s been proven that some apps may return an error if installed on a logical partition.


    Run application as administrator

    Right click on your application and choose “Run as administrator”. This will give additional privileges to the application and sometimes may help fixing some errors. If this method eliminates the error, you can set your application to always run with an administrator privileges. To do this, choose Properties from right-click menu, select Compatibility tab and check “Run this program as an administrator” option.


    Run application in Windows XP compatibility mode

    Try running your program in compatibility mode for Windows XP. Although this feature is for programs that were originally designed for Windows XP, it is known that it can also help repairing errors caused by a newer software. Right click on your application and choose Properties from a right-click menu, go to Compatibility tab and select compatibility mode for Windows XP.


    Check hard disk for errors

    Application errors and problems may also be repaired by performing disk error checking. Simply right-click on the drive where your application is installed and choose Properties. Select Tools tab and click on Check now button. If it is your primary partition that you are trying to check for errors, it will schedule a disc check for the next system reboot. In that case, restart your PC and wait for a disk check procedure to finish.


    If your error is still happening, the problem may require a little bit more attention to be solved. Proceed to the next page to see Method 1

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