How to Fix Ogg.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

If reinstalling the program that needs the file doesn't fix the error, check your hardware devices for a driver update

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

Ogg.dll Error Messages

OGG dll error message

There are several ways ogg.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common error messages:

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

Those errors 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 error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem. It could be seen in Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and other versions of Windows.

Audacity is one program known to use this file. Ogg.dll is most likely related to the Ogg Vorbis audio codec.

How to Fix Ogg.dll Errors

Follow these steps in the order they're given below to try the simpler solutions first.

Do not download ogg.dll from a "DLL download" website. There are many reasons why downloading a DLL file like that is a bad idea. If you need a copy of this file, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.

  1. Restore the file from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" ogg.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 this step, or any of the following steps, if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the error.

  2. Reinstall the program that uses the OGG DLL file. If the error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling that software should replace the file.

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

  3. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some of these errors could be related to a virus or other malware infection on your computer that has damaged the DLL file. It's even possible the 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 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 ogg.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file ogg.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game or when you stream music, try updating the drivers for your video card or sound card.

    This file may or may not be related to video or sound 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 the errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.

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

  8. 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. Ogg.dll could be included in one of those updates.

  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 ogg.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 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 DLL related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program might be able to help by removing invalid registry entries that might be causing the error.

    We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. It's included as an 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 ogg.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 error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.

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

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