Software & Apps Windows How to Fix jvm.dll Not Found or Missing Errors There are several reasons you might get this error by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on November 14, 2019 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Jvm.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the JVM DLL file. In some cases, jvm.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure. Jvm.dll Errors There are several different ways that jvm.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see jvm.dll errors: Jvm.dll Not Found This application failed to start because jvm.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem. Cannot find [PATH]\jvm.dll The file jvm.dll is missing. Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: jvm.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again. Jvm.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 context of the jvm.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem. The jvm.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. Steps to Fix jvm.dll Errors Do not download jvm.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 jvm.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source. Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the jvm.dll error. Restore jvm.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" jvm.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it. If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted jvm.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover jvm.dll with a free file recovery program. Recovering a deleted copy of jvm.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. Download and install Java, which is the original source of the jvm.dll file. Try your best to complete this step. You might have to first uninstall Java and then download a fresh version. This should fix any "missing jvm.dll" errors since the DLL file comes with a Java install. Use the Windows offline installer package if the download from the link above didn't fix the jvm.dll error. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some jvm.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 jvm.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the jvm.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to jvm.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file jvm.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card. The jvm.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. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if jvm.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver. 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 jvm.dll file could be included in one of those updates. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. The majority of hardware troubleshooting is in the step below, but your computer's memory and hard drive are easy to test and are the most likely components that might cause jvm.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. Use a free registry cleaner to repair jvm.dll related issues in the Windows Registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid jvm.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error. We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. The option is included here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next. 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 jvm.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 jvm.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any jvm.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.