shell32.dll File Information
  • DLL File Name:shell32.dll
  • File Type:Win0/32/64 DLL
  • Product Name:Microsoft Windows Operating System
  • Developer:Microsoft Corporation
  • File Version:3 versions available
  • File Size:1.33MB - 20.21MB
  • Language Code:English (U.S.) - Swedish
  • Character Set:Unicode
  • MD5 Checksum:Multiple Files
  • Copyright:© Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Shell32.dll Errors and Solutions

Windows Shell Common Dll

The file shell32.dll is a 0/32/64bit Windows DLL module for Microsoft Windows Operating System software or other related programs. The file and the associated Microsoft Windows Operating System software was developed by Microsoft Corporation. The file was licensed as © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..

shell32.dll file is a critical component for the software to work properly and without any dll error messages. You may receive an error message like the ones below that indicates the file is not found, damaged, or the wrong version.

  • This application failed to start because shell32.dll was not found.
  • The file shell32.dll is missing or corrupted.
  • A required component is missing: shell32.dll. Please install the application again.
  • Error loading shell32.dll. The specified module could not be found.
  • The program can't start because shell32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.
  • Shell32.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error.

To fix the error, you need to copy the missing shell32.dll file to your system or replace the corrupted dll file with a working one by following the instructions below. There are 3 different versions of the dll file available for download with sizes between 1.33MB - 20.21MB.

How to Install shell32.dll

You can download shell32.dll for free from the download section on this page. After you download the compressed file, unzip it to a convenient location on your computer. In order to fix dll related errors, you need to copy the .dll file to the installation folder of the application or game, or install .dll file directly to Windows (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 10).

Install DLL File to Program Folder

Copy the extracted shell32.dll file to the installation folder of the application or game.

Check if the problem is solved. If the problem persists or you are not sure which software is having problems, install the .DLL file directly to Windows.

Register DLL File Using Microsoft Regsvr

Copy the file to "C:\Windows\System32\"

You can install the .dll file in both system folders without any problems. In order to complete this step, you must run the Command Prompt as administrator.

Open the Start Menu and before clicking anywhere, type "cmd" on your keyboard.

Right-click the "Command Prompt" search result and click the "Run as administrator" option.

Paste the following command into the Command Line window that opens up and press Enter key.

%windir%\System32\regsvr32.exe shell32.dll

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Download shell32.dll
Version OS Size Language Download
6.3.9600.1727 64bit 20.2MB English Download
6.0.6001.1858 32bit 11MB English Download
4.72.3812.600 32bit 1.3MB Swedish Download
unknown 32bit 12.3MB unknown Download

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