How to Fix Mingwm10.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Mingwm10.dll Errors

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There are several different ways that mingwm10.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see mingwm10.dll errors.

  • "Mingwm10.dll Not Found"
  • "This application failed to start because mingwm10.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem"
  • "Cannot find [PATH]\mingwm10.dll"
  • "The file mingwm10.dll is missing"
  • "Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: mingwm10.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again"

Mingwm10.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 mingwm10.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

Cause of Mingwm10.dll Errors

Mingwm10.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the mingwm10 DLL file.

In some cases, mingwm10.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue or even a hardware failure.

The mingwm10.dll is part of the MinGW (Minimalist GNU for Windows) development environment, which you can read more about here.

How to Fix Mingwm10.dll Errors

Important: Do not download mingwm10.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 mingwm10.dll, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

Note: Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of the following steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the mingwm10.dll error.

  1. Restore mingwm10.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" mingwm10.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.
    1. If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted mingwm10.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover mingwm10.dll with a free file recovery program.
    2. Important: Recovering a deleted copy of mingwm10.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.
  2. Edit the Windows PATH variable and add the MinGW bin folder.
  3. Reinstall the program that uses the mingwm10.dll file. If the mingwm10.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file.
    1. Important: Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the mingwm10.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.
  4. Search your computer for the mingwm10.dll file. If you find it, copy it to the folder that contains the program that's prompting the missing DLL error.
  5. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some mingwm10.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 mingwm10.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.
  6. Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the mingwm10.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.
  7. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to mingwm10.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file mingwm10.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.
    1. Note: The mingwm10.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 mingwm10.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.
  9. Run the sfc/scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the mingwm10.dll file. If this DLL file is provided by Microsoft, the System File Checker tool should restore it.
  10. 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 mingwm10.dll file could be included in one of those updates.
  11. Test your memory and then test your hard drive. I'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 mingwm10.dll errors as they fail.
    1. If the hardware fails any of your tests, replace the memory or replace the hard drive as soon as possible.
  12. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual mingwm10.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.
  13. Use a free registry cleaner to repair mingwm10.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid mingwm10.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.
    1. Important: I rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. I've included the option here as a "last resort" attempt before the destructive step coming up next.
  14. 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 mingwm10.dll error, this should be your next course of action.
    1. Important: 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 mingwm10.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.
  15. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any mingwm10.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

What This Error Applies To

The mingwm10.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems including Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.