How To Repair Msvcrt.dll Errors

What is msvcrt.dll?

The msvcrt.dll file is part of the Microsoft C Runtime Library. The job of this file is to provide services, such as string comparison, and memory allocation to programs that are compiled with Visual C++.

In this article, we will take a look at some common msvcrt.dll errors and their fixes.

Common msvcrt.dll errors and resolutions

Error messages similar to the one listed below may appear on a Windows XP computer when a program that is accessing the msvcrt.dll file is unable to locate the procedure entry in the file. The error message pops on your screen when you boot your Windows XP computer.

“Lsass.exe: Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point _resetstkoflw could not be located in the dynamic link library Msvcrt.dll.”

“Services.exe: Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point _resetstkoflw could not be located in the dynamic link library Msvcrt.dll.”

Generally, these errors take place when the original msvcrt.dll file is replaced by a third-party file that does not contain the _resetstkoflwfunction.

You can repair this problem by restoring the original msvcrt.dll file, using the Windows XP installation CD. To achieve this, follow the below steps:

  1. Boot your system using the Windows XP installation CD.
  2. On the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to access the Recovery Console.
  3. In case you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, then you will have to select the number key that corresponds to the operating system you wish to repair.
  4. Logon to the system as an administrator.
  5. In the Recovery Console screen, type the commands listed below. Press Enter after each command to execute them.

    cd system32
    ren msvcrt.dll msvcrt.bak
    X:

    cd \i386
    expand msvcrt.dl_ Y:\windows\system32
    exit

    Note: X here represents the drive letter of your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive and Y stands for the drive in which Windows is installed.

Users who work on Windows 98 operating systems may encounter msvcrt.dll error messages similar to the ones mentioned below.

“Msvcirt.dll file is linked to missing export msvcrt.dll : ??_u@yapaxi@z”

“The Msvcirt.dll file is linked to missing export msvcrt.dll”

These errors occur when the msvcirt.dll and msvcrt.dll files are overwritten, corrupt or missing.

Follow the steps listed below to repair the errors:

  1. Execute the SFC command from Start > Run
  2. Choose the Extract one file from installation disk option in the System File Checker dialog box that appears.
  3. Next, type Msvcrt.dll in the Specify the system file you would like to restore box and click the Start button.
  4. Now, in the Restore from box (you will see this in the Extract File dialog box) navigate to the Windows 98 installation CD.
  5. Type C:\ in the Save file in box and press OK.
  6. Click OK once more to confirm your decision.
  7. Next, repeat the above steps for Msvcirt.dll file.
  8. Now, reboot your system in MS-DOS mode and type the commands listed below at the command prompt and press Enter after each command to execute them:
    rename C:\Windows\System\Msvcrt.dll Msvcrt.old
    rename C:\Windows\System\Msvcirt.dll Msvcirt.old
    copy C:\Msvcrt.dll C:\Windows\System
    copy C:\Msvcirt.dll C:\Windows\System
  9. Reboot your PC in Normal mode.

DLL errors such as these may also occur due to malware infections or registry problems. To combat malware infections, it is essential that you have robust antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease on your computer. To prevent and fix registry problems, you may use a trustworthy registry tool, such as RegServe.