How to Fix Msxml4.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A troubleshooting guide for msxml4.dll errors

Msxml4.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the msxml4 DLL file.

In some cases, msxml4.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.

The msxml4.dll error message could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems, including ​Windows 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

Msxml4.dll Errors

msxml4.dll error message in Windows

There are several different ways that msxml4.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see msxml4.dll errors.

  • Msxml4.dll Not Found
  • This application failed to start because msxml4.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem
  • Cannot find [PATH]\msxml4.dll
  • The file msxml4.dll is missing
  • Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: msxml4.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again

Msxml4.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 msxml4.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem.

How to Fix Msxml4.dll Errors

Do not download msxml4.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 msxml4.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 msxml4.dll error.

  1. Restore msxml4.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" msxml4.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.

    If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted msxml4.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover msxml4.dll with a free file recovery program.

    Recovering a deleted copy of msxml4.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. Download and install MSXML 4.0 SP3 from Microsoft. Choose msxml.msi when asked which file to download.

    This is the source of the DLL file and should be the only place you download msxml4.dll.

    MSXML 4.0 isn't the newest version of MSXML but it is the program necessary for replacing a missing or corrupt msxml4.dll file. MSXML 6.0, for example, though newer than v4.0, is necessarily if you're getting errors about msxml6.dll.

    Try your best to complete this step. Reinstalling the program that provides the msxml4.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.

  3. Reinstall the program that uses the msxml4.dll file
    . If the msxml4.dll DLL error isn't resolved after installing MSXML, your next best option is to reinstall the program that's giving you the msxml4.dll error message.

    MSXML will put the msxml4.dll file in a subfolder inside the C:\Windows\ folder. If the program that needs this DLL file doesn't look for it in that folder specifically, then reinstalling should reconfigure the program to either install a new version of msxml4.dll or copy it from the Windows folder. In other words, don't follow this step without first trying Step 2.

  4. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some msxml4.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 msxml4.dll 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 msxml4.dll error was caused by a change made to an important file or configuration, a System Restore could solve the problem.

  6. Update the drivers for hardware devices
    that might be related to msxml4.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file msxml4.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.

    The msxml4.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 msxml4.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

  8. Run the sfc/scannow System File Checker command
    to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the msxml4.dll file. Since this DLL is a Microsoft file, the System File Checker tool might restore it.

  9. 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 msxml4.dll file might be included in one of those updates.

  10. 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 msxml4.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.

  11. Repair your installation of Windows
    . If the individual msxml4.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions.

  12. Use a free registry cleaner
    to repair msxml4.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid msxml4.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.

  13. 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 msxml4.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 msxml4.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

  14. Troubleshoot for a hardware problem
    if any msxml4.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.

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