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FIX: Gdi32full.dll is missing (or was not found) error

The software will automatically scan your PC and upon finishing, it will list whatever outdated drivers it finds.

Then you can press the Update button next to each item, or you can choose to bulk update the drivers.



Avoid Windows system errors and keep your essential software in top health by updating all your drivers with DriverFix.

2. Use third-party repair software

A simple solution to this problem would be to simply replace the DLL file, but that’s not as simple as it sounds. That is because you can’t just get the file from a random website and copy it in your program.

DLL files are the most susceptible files to carry malware and simply installing them in your PC will just play the wrongdoers game.

It is a lot safer and quicker to use specialized software for that job, especially that it’s extremely easy to use.

DLLs and registries are valuable data libraries that Windows uses in order to run properly.

Because of that, damaged or missing dlls or registry keys can be a leading cause for crashes, freezes, error messages, and they can even prevent you from launching software and Windows features altogether.

Unfortunately, registries and DLLs are clusters of data that even advanced users have a hard time tweaking properly without guidance, and even Microsoft advices against it.

More so, resetting your Windows OS is among the only truly effective solutions to fix these errors, but this solution has far too many drawbacks.

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In order to avoid all that, one can always rely on automated third-party solutions, and few are as good as Restoro. It automates pretty much every aspect of your PC repair process, from the scans to the actual fixing.

Follow this small guide to learn to you can restore your PC to peak performance using Restoro:

  1. Download and install Restoro
  2. Launch Restoro
    • Restoro will now compile data about your PC
      Restoro first scan
  3. Wait for it to find any system stability issues and possible malware infections
    • Once the scan is complete, Restoro will show you a summary of your PC’s current status
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  4. Press Start Repair
    • Restoro will now start downloading and replacing and faulty registries, DLLs, and any other damaged files it may have found during the scan.
    • This is possible thanks to the online libraries that is uses for comparison, replacing damaged data with its perfectly functional equivalent
  5. Restart your PC for all the changes to take effect

Your PC should now work perfectly fine, and you will no longer have to worry about slow response times, BSoD errors, or anything of the sort.

Disclaimer: This program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.

3. Scan the files with the System File Checker

  1. Search for cmd in Windows search and click on Run as administrator under Command Prompt to start the app with elevated privileges.
  2. Before initiating an SFC scan, enter the following and press Enter: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  3. Then input the sfc /scannow, and press the Return key.Disk Management takes a long time to load
  4. When the scan is complete, the Prompt might state, Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. 
  5. Restart Windows if the WRP repaired the files.

4. Reinstall the program returning the gdi32full.dll error

  1. Open the Win + X menu and choose Run.
  2. Enter appwiz.cpl in Run’s text box and click OK.
  3. Select the program you need to reinstall and press the Uninstall button.Programs and Features
  4. Click Yes to provide additional confirmation.
  5. Restart Windows after uninstalling the software.
  6. Then reinstall the program with the setup wizard for the latest version. Download the latest version from the software’s website.

5. Clean Boot Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key + R hotkey to open the Run accessory.
  2. Input msconfig in the text box, and press the OK button.
  3. Click the Services tab.
  4. Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then press the Disable all button.
  5. Then select the General tab.
  6. Click the Selective startup radio button.
  7. Deselect the Load startup items check box.
  8. Select both the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options.
  9. Press the Apply and OK buttons.
  10. Then press the Restart button on the System Configuration dialog box window that opens.

6. Scan the Registry

  1. Download the tool, then open CCleaner’s setup wizard to install the software.
  2. Launch CCleaner and click Registry. Clean registry errors
  3. CCleaner’s registry scanner includes a Missing Shared DLL check box. Select it, as well as the other registry checkboxes, and press Scan for Issues button.
  4. Press the Fix selected issues button to repair the registry.
  5. Select Yes when asked to back up the registry, but you probably won’t need to.
  6. Click Fix All Selected Issues to provide further confirmation.

Invalid registry entries are another potential factor for the gdi32full.dll is missing error message. You can fix invalid DLL registry entries with registry scanner utilities.

There are numerous registry utilities to choose from, but the freeware CCleaner is one with a huge user base. You can scan the registry with the freeware CCleaner as shown above.

7. Roll Windows 10 Back to a Restore Point

  1. Open Run with the Windows key + R hotkey.
  2. Input rstrui, and press the OK button.
  3. Click the Next button on the System Restore window.
  4. Select the Show more restore points option, and select a date to roll Windows back to from the listed restore points.laptop won’t detect second monitor
  5. You can press the Scan for affected programs button to see what programs are uninstalled for the restore point.
  6. To confirm the selected restore point, press the Next and Finish buttons.

If the gdi32full.dll system error doesn’t occur when you open software after the clean boot, it must be due to a third-party background program.

If you’re not sure what program that is, your best bet might be to utilize the System Restore tool that will remove all software installed after a selected restore point.

With this utility, you can roll Windows back to a time when there was no gdi32full.dll is missing issue on your desktop or laptop. 

So there are numerous resolutions that can feasibly fix the missing gdi32full.dll is missing error. We also have an exhaustive article on fixing missing DLL files, that you should check out.

As a final resort, you could also factory reset or reinstall Windows 10. See this post for further details on how you can factory reset Windows 10.

If you have other suggestions or if this guide helped you fix the gdi32full.dll is missing error, leave us a comment in the dedicated section below.

FAQ: Read more about gdi32full.dll

Gdi32full.dll is a GDI Client DLL file. If you ever meet with a DLL error read this expert guide to fix DLL errors in Windows 10.

  • Where is gdi32full.dll found on my computer?

Gdi32full.dll is found in Microsoft Office Access 2010, 2014, and in the Windows 10 system. If any DLL is missing from your computer, bookmark this awesome guide to fix the missing DLL problem.

  • How can I fix Gdi32full.dll is missing?

The first thing you should do is perform an SFC scan. if that doesn’t solve the problem, follow our step-by-step guide to fix the Gdi32full.dll error.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in May 2018 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Matthew Adams and was first posted to WindowsReport

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