How to Fix Asl.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Asl.dll Errors

Screenshot of an asl DLL error message in Windows
Asl.dll Error Message.

Asl.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the asl DLL file.

In some cases, asl.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

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

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

The context of the asl.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

Asl.dll error messages are usually associated with an Apple program like iTunes or Safari. The file might exist in any of these folders:

  • C:\Program Files\iTunes\
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support\
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari\Apple Application Support\

However, your specific asl.dll error might appear while using or installing a different program, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

The asl.dll error message might be seen on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

Note: If you receive an asl.dll error while jailbreaking your iPhone using Blackra1n, see this solution to the problem. If you're seeing asl.dll issues in a different situation, continue with the troubleshooting below.

How to Fix Asl.dll Errors

Important: Do not download asl.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 asl.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 asl.dll error.

  1. Restore asl.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" asl.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted asl.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover asl.dll with a free file recovery program.

    Important: Recovering a deleted copy of asl.dll with a file recovery program is a smart idea only if you're confident you've deleted the file yourself and that it was working properly before you did that.

  2. Repair the Apple Application Support installation. This is the tool used by iTunes and Safari that actually utilizes asl.dll, so repairing it should fix the missing or corrupt asl.dll file.

    To do this, open Control Panel and find the Programs and Features or Add or Remove Programs option. Select Apple Application Support (the 32-bit one if you see two similarly named entries) and then select Repair (or Change if you don't see Repair) at the top of that window. Repeat for the 64-bit version (if you see it) if the 32-bit repair didn't fix the DLL error.

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes if repairing Apple Application Support did not resolve the asl.dll error.

    Tip: You might first try removing the current version of iTunes before updating or reinstalling. You can do that with a free uninstaller tool or via Control Panel (in the same place you completed Step 2, but choose Uninstall or Remove on the iTunes entry).

    Important: Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the asl.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.

  2. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some asl.dll errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file. It's even possible that the asl.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.

  1. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the asl.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.

  2. Reinstall the program that uses the asl.dll file. If the asl.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.

  3. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to asl.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file asl.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

    Note: The asl.dll file may or may not be related to video cards - this was just an example. The key here is to pay very close attention to the context of the error and troubleshoot accordingly.

  4. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if asl.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  5. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. I've left the majority of hardware troubleshooting to the last step, but your computer's memory and hard drive are easy to test and are the most likely components that might cause asl.dll errors as they fail.

    If the hardware fails any of your tests, replace the memory or replace the hard drive as soon as possible.

  6. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual asl.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  7. Use a free registry cleaner to repair asl.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid asl.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

  1. 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 asl.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

    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 asl.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  2. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any asl.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

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