Software & Apps Windows How to Fix Wnaspi32.dll Not Found or Missing Errors A Troubleshooting Guide for Wnaspi32.dll Errors 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 February 21, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Wnaspi32.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the wnaspi32 DLL file. In some cases, wnaspi32.dll errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure. The wnaspi32.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. Wnaspi32.dll Errors There are several different ways that wnaspi32.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common ways that you might see wnaspi32.dll errors: Wnaspi32.dll Not FoundThis application failed to start because wnaspi32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.Cannot find [PATH]\wnaspi32.dllThe file wnaspi32.dll is missing.Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: wnaspi32.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.Failed to load the wnaspi32.dll driver The context of the wnaspi32.dll error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem. Wnaspi32.dll error messages might appear while using or installing certain programs, when Windows starts or shuts down, or maybe even during a Windows installation. However, most users see the wnaspi32.dll error when dealing with a software program that works with media files, like one that burns audio to a disc or plays DVD videos, for example. How to Fix Wnaspi32.dll Errors Do not download wnaspi32.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 wnaspi32.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 wnaspi32.dll error. Restore wnaspi32.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" wnaspi32.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it. If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted wnaspi32.dll but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover wnaspi32.dll with a free file recovery program. Recovering a deleted copy of wnaspi32.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. Reinstall the program that uses the wnaspi32.dll file. If the wnaspi32.dll DLL error occurs when you use a particular program, reinstalling the program should replace the file. For example, since the Any Video Converter, RCA easyRip, CDex, and Nero applications use the wnaspi32.dll file, you could install a fresh copy if you're seeing this DLL error message when using one of those programs. Even if you aren't using one of those applications, installing one to put the wnaspi32.dll file on your computer might be all you need to do. You can then copy the DLL file anywhere else you might need it, like the folder that the DLL error says that the file is missing from. Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some wnaspi32.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 wnaspi32.dll error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file. Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to wnaspi32.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file wnaspi32.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card. The wnaspi32.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 wnaspi32.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver. 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 wnaspi32.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. Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual wnaspi32.dll file troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, performing a startup repair or repair installation should restore all Windows DLL files to their working versions. Use a free registry cleaner to repair wnaspi32.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid wnaspi32.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error. We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners, but we've included the option 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 wnaspi32.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 wnaspi32.dll error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any wnaspi32.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.