regsvr32 wow64.dll issue!

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  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10

    regsvr32 wow64.dll issue!

    Hi all,

    My PC crashed during a recent Windows update and now comes up with error boxes saying that the wow64.dll is missing when I try to open any application. Trying to do the Windows update again doesn't work and won't complete. I've replaced the wow64.dll in the System32 Windows subfolder, done the sfc scannow command in command prompt, but when I try to register the dll by the command prompt: regsvr32 "C:\Windows\System32\wow64.dll" it comes back with the error message:

    "The module "C:\\Windows\System32\wow64.dll" failed to load.
    Make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files...."

    I've downloaded some applications such as Fortect and Restoro to see if they could fix it but since the dll issue nothing happens when I try to install an application!

    Please could anyone offer some assistance for this?...

    Many thanks
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  2. Posts : 6,651
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu

    Lets do the basic
    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    chkdsk c: /f
    It will say your disk is in use and ask if you want to schedule to next start = yes
    Pay attention on the results, specially bad blocks, bad clusters, bad sectors etc

    Back to Windows, open a CMD window as administrator and type:
    sfc /scannow

    If it finds any corrupted files, fixing or not, reboot and run again

    Then run
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
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  3. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I've done all those steps but still no luck even though the scannow function said it had made fixes.
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  4. Posts : 6,651
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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  5. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, sadly it think that's the only option now. Having said that, the PC is over 10 years old... Might just buy a new one and start from scratch as it has been very sluggish for a while...

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated
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  6. Posts : 4,909
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2

    Sounds like you have given up. If you still want to try and solve it, Start a Command Prompt as Admin here copy and paste or type the following Bold command:
    DISM /Online /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RestoreHealth and press Enter. When that completed, type this Bold command
    SFC /scannow and press Enter. This will replace any missing system files.
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  7. Posts : 6,651
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu

    You have a good CPU, a lot of memory and a good MB.
    The hardware has improved on the last 10 years, specially the advent of new SSDs.
    If you have an SSD on your current computer, depending on what it is used for, you won't see much difference to a new computer.
    You probably upgraded from Win 7 or Win 8 to Win 10 and that is not the best option.
    Give your computer a chance to show its potential.
    Backup your data and do a Clean install. There is nothing like a clean install to revitalize an old computer

    My wife's PC is 12 years old, has a small SSD (for windows and programs) and a 1T HDD for data and woks very well.
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  8. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Quite near to giving up to be honest! Yep, it has decent spec (apart from no ssd's) but the hdd's are good spec - it's used as a pc for audio production.

    Problem is I'm now getting bsod with "system license violation"! Crazy...

    I'll buy a new pc for my audio stuff but will try to get this one working for my son's school work. Every cloud :)
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  9. SPB
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Home 22H2 x64

    pliskin78 said:
    Yep, it has decent spec (apart from no ssd's) but the hdd's are good spec
    Maybe your hdd is dying, were you able to check the health status of your drives with CrystalDiskInfo?
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  10. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I didn't manage to do that, but now you mention it they have been louder than usual over the last few months. I put it down to the fans being dusty but may have been more than that
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