How to Fix Dsound.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Dsound.dll Errors

dsound.dll error message

There are several ways that dsound.dll errors can show up on your computer. Several of the more common specific dsound.dll error messages are listed below:

  • "The file dsound.dll is missing"
    • "Dsound.DLL Not Found"
  • "File dsound.dll not found"
  • "Dsound.dll not found. Reinstalling might help fix this."

Dsound.dll errors usually appear when a game or other software program is started.

Cause of Dsound.dll Errors

Dsound.dll issues are caused in one way or another by an issue with Microsoft DirectX.

The dsound.dll file is one of many files contained in the DirectX software collection. Since DirectX is utilized by most Windows-based games and advanced graphics programs, dsound.dll errors usually show up only when using these programs.

Troubleshooting Steps

Do not download the dsound.dll DLL file individually from any "DLL download site." There are a number of excellent reasons that downloading DLLs from these sites are never a good idea.

If you've already downloaded dsound.dll from one of those DLL download sites, remove it from wherever you put it and continue with these steps.

  1. Restart your computer if you haven't yet.
    1. The dsound.dll error might be a fluke and a simple restart could clear it up completely.
  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft DirectX. Chances are, upgrading to the latest version of DirectX will fix the dsound.dll not found error.
    1. Microsoft often releases updates to DirectX without updating the version number or letter so be sure to install the latest release even if your version is technically the same.
    2. Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP, etc. are all supported by this same DirectX installation package. It will install any DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 file needed and supported in that version of Windows.
  3. Assuming the latest DirectX version from Microsoft doesn't fix the dsound.dll error you're receiving, look for a DirectX installation program on your game or application CD or DVD. Usually, if a game or other program utilizes DirectX, the software developers will include a copy of DirectX on the installation disc.
    1. Sometimes, though not often, the DirectX version included on the disc is a better fit for the program than the latest version available online.
  4. Uninstall the game or software program and then reinstall it again. Something might have happened to the program files that work with dsound.dll and a reinstall could do the trick.
  5. Restore the dsound.dll file from the latest DirectX software package. If the above troubleshooting steps haven't worked to solve your dsound.dll error, try extracting the dsound.dll individually from the DirectX downloadable package.
  6. Update the drivers for your video card. While it's not the most common solution, in some situations updating the drivers for the video card in your computer could correct this DirectX issue.

The dsound.dll error message could apply to any program that utilizes Microsoft DirectX, most commonly video games.

Any of Microsoft's operating systems since Windows 98 may be affected by dsound.dll and other DirectX issues. This includes Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

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