Error loading Python DLL? Try these simple solutions

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Backup and Sync from Google

Backup and Sync from Google is a popular sync and backup utility for Google Drive users. However, while installing the application, you may encounter Error loading Python DLL error.

Several users have reported a similar error in the Reddit community:


So I’ve got a new work laptop that I just upgraded to Windows 10, and I installed Google Drive (apparently it’s now called Backup and Sync from Google) and everything went well for a while, I can put my files in the assigned folder and everything synced just fine.

If you are also troubled by this error, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve Error loading Python DLL error in Windows.

How can I fix Error loading Python DLL error?

1. Clear the temporary folder

Error loading Python DLL

  1. Open the File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
  2. Press Ctrl + A to select all the items in the temp folder.
  3. Right-click on the files and select Delete.
  4. Next, navigate to the following location:
  5. Right-click on the Temp folder and select Properties.
  6. In the Properties window, open the Security tab.
  7. Select your username and click the Edit button.
  8. Under Permissions for username, section make sure Full Control box is checked under Allow.
  9. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  10. Click OK to close the Temp properties window.
  11. Open the Temp folder and delete all the files in the folder.
  12. Try to install or access the Backup and Sync app and check for any improvements.

Clearing the temporary folders has resolved the problem for many users. The temp folders may have corrupted files that the application may not be able to process, resulting in the error.

2. Run Backup and Sync as administrator

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  1. Open the folder where the Backup and Sync installer is saved.
  2. Right-click on the installer.
  3. Select Run as Administrator option from the context menu. When the UAC prompt appears, click Yes.
  4. The installer should now install without any issues.

In case you are facing the issue while launching Backup and Sync from Google, do the following.

  1. Right-click on the app icon from the Dekstop.
  2. Select Run as Administrator.
  3. When the UAC prompt appears, click Yes.

3. Run in compatibility mode

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  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    C:Program FilesGoogleDrive
  3. If you are using 32-bit OS, try C:Program Files (x86)GoogleDrive
  4. Right-click on Googledrivesync.exe and select Properties.
  5. Open the Compatibility tab in the Properties window.
  6. Under Compatibility mode, check the Run this program in compatibility mode for box.
  7. Select an older version of OS than installed on your system.
  8. Click Apply > OK to save the changes.

Running the Backup and Sync from Google app in compatibility mode can help you resolve the issue that may be occurring due to incompatibility issues.

The Error Loading Python DLL Google Sync and Backup from Google error can occur due to permission as well as compatibility issues. In this article, we have listed all the possible solutions to help you resolve the issue.

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