How to Fix Jscript.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

If System Restore doesn't fix the error, reinstall the program that uses the file

Jscript.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the Microsoft JScript DLL file.

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

The jscript.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Jscript.dll Errors

jscript DLL error message in Windows

There are several ways jscript.dll errors can show up on your computer:

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

Jscript.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation.

How to Fix Jscript.dll Errors

Follow these steps in the order they're given below to try the more likely fixes first.

Do not download jscript.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 jscript.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

  1. Restore jscript.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" jscript.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 recover the file with a free file recovery program.

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

  2. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some jscript.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 jscript.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.

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

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

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

  5. Run the sfc /scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the jscript.dll file. Because this DLL file is provided by Microsoft, System File Checker should restore it.

  6. Install any available Windows updates. Many service packs and other patches replace or update some of the hundreds of Microsoft distributed DLL files on your computer. The jscript.dll file could be included in one of those updates.

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

    The jscript.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.

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

  9. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. We'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 jscript.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.

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

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

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

  12. 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 jscript.dll error, this should be your next course of action.

    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 jscript.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to performing a clean install.

  13. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any jscript.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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