The msacm32.dll (Microsoft Audio Compression Manager) file contains codes that are required by Windows to work with compressed audio files.
It is recommended that you do not delete the msacm32.dll file because removing it may adversely affect the performance your Windows computer.
Msacm32.dll error in Windows 98
When you start your Windows 98 computer, you may receive the following error:
“ERROR: MSACM32.DLL is linked to missing export
The above error may occur if the msacm32.dll file is missing or damaged. To fix the error, insert your Windows 98 installation CD in your CD-ROM and extract a copy of the msacm32.dll file and save the file in C:\Windows\System folder.
Solution to common msacm32.dll errors
While starting your Windows computer or while running a particular application, you may receive an error message, similar to the ones mentioned below:
- “The msacm32.dll file is missing”
- “Msacm32.dll not found”
- “Cannot find msacm32.dll file”
- “This application failed to start because msacm32.dll was not found. Reinstalling the application may fix the error”
Errors, such as the ones listed above, generally occur if the msacm32.dll file is missing or damaged. The above errors may also occur if your computer is infected with malware or if your registry is damaged.
Depending on the cause of the msacm32.dll error, you may perform the following steps to fix the error.
Repair the system files
Run the sfc /scannow command to scan/repair all your system files on a Windows computer. To run this command, perform the following steps:
- Go to the Start menu and select Run.
- Type cmd in the Open box and press Enter.
- Type the sfc /scannow command in the Command Prompt and press Enter.
Please note you may be asked to insert your Windows installation CD/DVD in the CD-DVD ROM.
Perform a malware scan
Malware programs, such as viruses, trojans, and rootkits interfere with your system processes and files and cause various errors. The msacm32.dll error that you are experiencing could be due to malware infection. Scan your entire computer using advanced antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to ensure that your computer is not infected. If scan results report the presence of malware, immediately remove it. Further, to prevent malware infection in the future, regularly update your protective tools with the latest antimalware definitions and security updates.
Perform a registry scan
A damaged or corrupt registry may also cause msacm32.dll errors. To repair DLL errors that are the result of issues in the registry, scan your registry using reliable registry cleaning software such as RegServe. This is an excellent tool that uses advance algorithms to remove all the harmful, invalid, and corrupt registry entries and also allows you to perform custom registry scans to identify and repair only DLL errors.
Perform a System Restore
In case the msacm32.dll error still persists after performing the above steps, restore the system to a prior date, before the msacm32.dll error was reported. To restore a system to an earlier date, perform the following steps;
- Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
- Select Restore my computer to an earlier time and click Next.
- In the next screen, select a restore point, and then click Next.
- Click Next again and let your computer reboot.
The System Restore option is available in Windows XP and Windows operating systems released after it.