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How to fix the missing ddraw.dll error in Windows 10

Missing ddraw.dll errors are among the more common DLL issues that return an error message stating, This application can’t start because ddraw.dll is missing from your computer.

Another error message is DDRaw.dll_Unloaded that can occur in your browser when playing a game.

If you ever encounter the above message or one along similar lines, some of your multimedia programs aren’t going to run.

These ddraw.dll errors can be due to malware, corrupted or invalid registry entries, outdated DirectX version, corrupted system files or a deleted ddraw.dll file.

As such, there are numerous potential fixes for the missing ddraw error. These are a few resolutions that will probably fix the missing ddraw.dll error in Windows 10.

How do I fix ddraw.dll is missing on Windows 10? 

1. Use Restoro

Restoro is a great tool that can help you address various computer issues in a timely manner. You can use it for DLL errors, BSoD problems, or when your computer often freezes.

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
      Restoro repair
  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.

2. Run a System File Checker scan

  1. Press Windows + S to open Windows Search bar.
  2. Type cmd.bcrypt.dll windows 10
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
  4. Next, enter the command below  and press the Return key:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  5. Enter sfc /scannow and press Return to initiate the System File Checker scan.
  6. The SFC scan could take up to half an hour. Restart Windows if the WRP does repair some files.

Note: If malware has indeed corrupted the ddraw file, the System File Checker might also repair it. The tool will scan system files and replace any corrupted ones with a cached copy. 

3. Scan for malware

DLL files are a frequent target for malware. As such, malware might be responsible for the missing ddraw.dll error. To purge malware from Windows, add an anti-virus utility to the OS.

You can scan for and purge malware with Bullguard, which has a stripped-down free trial version.  This tool offers a complete range of security and privacy solutions.

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

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