How to Fix Gsdll32.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

If installing Ghostscript for the official gsdll32.dll download doesn't fix the error, reinstall the software that needs this file

Gsdll32.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the Ghostscript gsdll32 DLL file. In some cases, gsdll32.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

Gsdll32.dll Errors

gsdll32.dll error message in Windows

There are several ways gsdll32.dll errors can show up on your computer. Below are some of the more common error messages you might see.

  • Gsdll32.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because gsdll32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
  • Cannot find [PATH]\gsdll32.dll
  • The file gsdll32.dll is missing
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: gsdll32.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again
  • Unable to load DLL 'gsdll32.dll': The specified module could not be found.

These errors might appear while using or installing certain programs, or when Windows starts or shuts down.

The context of the gsdll32.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem. The error could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 11, Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

How to Fix Gsdll32.dll Errors

Follow these steps in the order they're listed below to address the more likely solutions first.

Don't download gsdll32.dll from a "DLL download" website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file that way is a bad idea. If you need a copy of this file, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

  1. Restore gsdll32.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" gsdll32.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect this, but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to undelete the file with a free file recovery program. Just be sure that it was working before it was deleted, and that it wasn't corrupted or malicious.

    Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of these steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the error.

  2. Install the 32-bit version of Ghostscript, which is the official provider of the gsdll32.dll file. Installing, or reinstalling Ghostscript should be enough to replace the missing or corrupt file and fix any related DLL errors.

    If this installation doesn't correct the error, try searching for the file on your computer. It should be in here:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\gs\gs[version]\bin\

    Once you find it, copy the DLL file to the system32 folder:


    Some applications need the DLL file to exist there in order to use it.

    Another way to get this file is to extract it out of the EXE download. Look for it in the bin folder.

    Try your best to complete this step, and make sure you don't accidentally download the 64-bit version—it provides the gsdll64.dll file instead. Installing the program that provides the gsdll32.dll file is a likely solution to this DLL error.

  3. Reinstall the program that uses the gsdll32.dll file. If the DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, and adding Ghostscript to your computer wasn't enough to fix the error, reinstalling the program should replace the file.

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

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

  6. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to this file. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file gsdll32.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, update the drivers for your video card.

    The gsdll32.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.

  7. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if the errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  8. Use a free registry cleaner to repair gsdll32.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid gsdll32.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

    We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners, but we've included the option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.

  9. Perform a clean installation of Windows. This will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the gsdll32.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

    All the information on your hard drive will be erased during this step. Make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the gsdll32.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  10. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any gsdll32.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

Need More Help?

If you're not interested in fixing this problem yourself, see How Do I Get My Computer Fixed? for a full list of your support options, plus help with everything along the way like figuring out repair costs, getting your files off, choosing a repair service, and a lot more.

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