How to Fix Wnaspi32.dll Not Found or Missing Errors

A Troubleshooting Guide for Wnaspi32.dll Errors

Screenshot of a wnaspi32.dll error message in Windows
Wnaspi32.dll Error Message.

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.

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 Found
This application failed to start because wnaspi32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Cannot find [PATH]\wnaspi32.dll
The 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. 

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 10Windows 8Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP, and Windows 2000.

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.

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.

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.

Try your best to complete this step for whatever software seems to be associated with the wnaspi32.dll error. Reinstalling the program that provides the wnaspi32.dll file, if possible, is a likely solution to this DLL error.

  • 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.

We rarely recommend the use of registry cleaners. 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

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