How to Fix Libxml2.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A troubleshooting guide for libxml2.dll errors

Libxml2.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the libxml2 DLL file. In some cases, libxml2.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

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Libxml2.dll Errors

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Libxml2.dll Error.

There are several ways that libxml2.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see them:

  • Libxml2.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because libxml2.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
  • Cannot find [PATH]\libxml2.dll
  • The file libxml2.dll is missing.
  • AppleSyncNotifier.exe - Entry Point Not Found. The procedure entry point xmlTextReaderConstName could not be located in the dynamic link library libxml2.dll.
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: libxml2.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.

How to Fix Libxml2.dll Errors

Follow these steps in order to attempt easier fixes before the more involved solutions:

  1. Restore libxml2.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" libxml2.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted libxml2.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover libxml2.dll with a free file recovery program.

    Recovering a deleted copy of libxml2.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.

    Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the libxml2.dll error.

  2. Reinstall the program that uses the libxml2.dll file. If the libxml2.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 libxml2.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error. You might need to use a program uninstaller tool to fully remove the application.

  3. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some libxml2.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 libxml2.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.

  4. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the libxml2.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.

  5. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to libxml2.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file libxml2.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

    The libxml2.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.

  6. Roll back a driver to a previously installed version if libxml2.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  7. 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 libxml2.dll file could be included in one of those updates.

  8. 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 libxml2.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.

  9. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual libxml2.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  10. Use a free registry cleaner to repair libxml2.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid libxml2.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.

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

  11. 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 libxml2.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 libxml2.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  12. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any libxml2.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 whole lot more.

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