How to Fix Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll Not Found Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll Errors

Screenshot of a Libgdk-win32-2.0-0 DLL error message in Windows
Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll Error Message.

Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the libgdk-win32-2.0-0 DLL file.

In some cases, libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

There are several different ways that libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors:

Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll Not Found
This application failed to start because libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Cannot find [PATH]\libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll
The file libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll is missing.
Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

The context of the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

The libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including  Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix Libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll Errors

Important: Do not download libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll from a "DLL download" website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file is a bad idea. If you need a copy of libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

Note: Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error.

  1. Restore libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it. If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll with a free file recovery program.
    1. Important: Recovering a deleted copy of libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll with a file recovery program is a smart idea only if you're confident you've deleted the file yourself.
  2. Reinstall the program that uses the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll file. If the libgdk-win32-2.0-0 DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.​ GIMP, Audacious, Inkscape, and UFRaw are just a few software applications known to use the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll file. Installing one of those might be enough copy the libgdk-win32-2.0-0 DLL file to your computer.
    1. Important: Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.
  1. If you're seeing this error when trying to use a plug-in you've downloaded for GIMP, make sure you run the plug-in from inside the GIMP program instead of via the plug-ins folder. This very specific problem arises when you've installed the G'MIC plug-in (and possibly others) for GIMP but then try to open it as a standalone program via GIMP's plug-ins folder. Instead of doing that, open GIMP and then find the plug-in in the Filters menu.
  2. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file.
  3. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.
  4. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.
  5. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.
  1. Use a free registry cleaner to repair libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.
    1. Important: I rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. I've included the option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.
  2. Perform a clean installation of Windows. A clean install of Windows will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error, this should be your next course of action.
    1. Important: All the information on your hard drive will be erased during a clean install. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.
  3. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any libgdk-win32-2.0-0.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

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