Gdiplus.dll errors are caused by situations that lead to the removal or corruption of the gdiplus DLL file. In some cases, these errors could indicate a registry problem, a virus or malware issue, or even a hardware failure.
There are several ways gdiplus.dll errors can show up on your computer. Here are some of the more common messages you might see:
- Gdiplus.dll Not Found
- This application failed to start because gdiplus.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
- Cannot find [PATH]\gdiplus.dll
- The file gdiplus.dll is missing.
- Cannot start [APPLICATION]. A required component is missing: gdiplus.dll. Please install [APPLICATION] again.
These 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 error is an important piece of information that will be helpful while solving the problem. The error could apply to any program or system that might utilize the file on any of Microsoft's operating systems, including Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.
How to Fix Gdiplus.dll Errors
Follow these steps in the order they are listed here to troubleshoot the problem.
Do not download gdiplus.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 this file, it's best to obtain it from its original, legitimate source.
Restore gdiplus.dll from the Recycle Bin. The easiest possible cause of a "missing" gdiplus.dll file is that you've mistakenly deleted it.
If you suspect that you've accidentally deleted gdiplus.dll, but you've already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may be able to recover it with a free file recovery program (just make sure it was you that deleted it, and not your antivirus program because it was unsafe).
Start Windows in Safe Mode to complete any of these steps if you're unable to access Windows normally due to the gdiplus.dll error.
Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some gdiplus.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 error you're seeing is related to a hostile program that's masquerading as the file.
Download Platform SDK Redistributable: GDI+ and install it, but only if you're running Windows XP or Windows Vista. See Step 7 below for a similar solution for Windows 7 and later.
This free software package is the original source of the gdiplus.dll DLL file, so be sure to try this on Vista & XP. Reinstalling the program that provides the gdiplus.dll file is the most likely solution to this DLL error. See How to Properly Reinstall a Program in Windows for general advice.
Update the drivers for hardware devices that might be related to gdiplus.dll. If, for example, you're receiving a "The file gdiplus.dll is missing" error when you play a 3D video game, try updating the drivers for your video card.
The gdiplus.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 gdiplus.dll errors began after updating a particular hardware device's driver.
Run the sfc /scannow System File Checker command to replace a missing or corrupt copy of the gdiplus.dll file if you're running Windows 7 or later.
This DLL file is provided by Microsoft in at least the newer versions of Windows, so be sure to try the System File Checker tool if you haven't yet.
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 gdiplus.dll file could be included in one of those updates.
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 gdiplus.dll errors as they fail.
Repair your installation of Windows. If the individual gdiplus.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 gdiplus.dll related issues in the registry. A free registry cleaner program may be able to help by removing invalid gdiplus.dll registry entries that might be causing the DLL error.
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. This will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If none of the steps above correct the gdiplus.dll error, this should be your next course of action.
All the information on your hard drive will be erased during this step, so make sure you've made the best attempt possible to fix the error using a troubleshooting step prior to this one.
Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any gdiplus.dll errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.