Full Fix: Autorun.dll errors in Windows 10, 8.1, 7
Autorun.dll errors are very common among Windows 10 users, and the most frequently encountered errors are the following: “Autorun.dll not found.”
and “The file autorun.dll is missing.” These errors can occur when users try to install an update or launch a particular program.
The AutoRun.dll file contains important information on how a particular software should execute, and AutoRun.dll errors are very annoying because they prevent users from properly launching a program. In this article, we are going to list the most common AutoRun.dll errors that Windows 10 users may encounter, as well as the fixes you can use to solve them.
How to fix Autorun.dll errors in Windows 10
There are various autorun.dll issues that can appear on your PC and prevent you from installing certain applications. This can be an annoying problem, and speaking of autorun.dll issues, here are some of the most common problems that users reported:
- Autorun.dll error code 0x7e Windows 7, 8, 0xc1 Windows 10 – There are various errors related to autorun.dll, and these errors can appear on all versions of Windows. Even if you’re not using Windows 10, you should know that our solutions will also work for older versions of Windows.
- The file autorun.dll 0x7e Windows 10 – This error can appear on Windows 10, and if you encounter it, be sure to clean your registry and check if that solves the issue.
- The file autorun.dll could not be loaded or is corrupted. setup cannot continue error code is 0x7e – This error can appear while trying to install certain applications. However, you might be able to fix it by performing a full system scan.
- Autorun.dll missing Windows 10 – Sometimes you might get a message saying that autorun.dll is missing from your system. If that happens, you might have to perform both SFC and DISM scans to fix it.
- Autorun.dll is missing or corrupt – If you’re getting an error message saying that autorun.dll is missing or corrupt, you might be able to solve the problem simply by performing System Restore.
Solution 1 – Check the Recycle Bin
It’s possible that you may have unintentionally deleted the autorun.dll file, which may explain why you’re getting the “Autorun.dll not found” and “The file autorun.dll is missing” errors.
- Open the Recycle Bin.
- Press CTL + F to open the search bar > Type “autorun.dll” > hit enter.
- If the file is found, right-click on it > select Restore.
Solution 2 – Repair Autorun.dll registry entries
Sometimes, the autorun.dll file is corrupted or invalid because the file location may have changed. The best solution to fix this issue is to use a Registry repair tool. The software will scan and repair all corrupted or invalid files in the Registry, eliminating all anomalies that may cause various error codes. You can check out our article about the best registry cleaning tools and install one of the tools listed there.
If you’re looking for a good and reliable registry cleaner, we would have to recommend Wise Registry Cleaner. This tool is simple to use, and it will clean your registry and help you fix autorun.dll issues.
We also recommend you to download this tool to fix various PC problems, such as corrupted .dll files, file loss, malware and hardware failure.
Solution 3 – Use the System File Checker tool
If you’re having any Autorun.dll errors on your Windows 10 PC, the issue might be file corruption. According to users, sometimes your system files can get corrupted and that can cause autrorun.dll to become missing or corrupted. However, you can always repair your files simply by performing an SFC scan.
To do that, you just need to follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list. If Command Prompt isn’t available, you can also use PowerShell (Admin) instead.
- Type the command sfc /scannow > press Enter.
- When the scan is complete > restart your computer.
Once the SFC scan is finished, check if the problem is resolved. Several users reported that they weren’t able to run SFC scan on their PC. If that’s the case, or if SFC scan didn’t fix your problem, you might have to use DISM scan as well. To do that, just follow these steps:
- Start Command Prompt as administrator.
- Run DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command.
- DISM scan will now start. It’s worth mentioning that DISM scan can take about 20 minutes or more, so don’t interrupt it.
Once the DISM scan is finished, check if the problem still persists. If you were unable to run SFC scan before, you might want to run it again and check if that solves your problem.
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Solution 4 – Run a full system scan
The autorun.dll errors may be linked to a malware infection. The best solution is to run a full system scan in order to detect and remove the malicious programs that may have triggered the autorun.dll errors. You can use your favorite antivirus for this task, and we recommend you that you also use an anti-hacking software compatible with your antivirus as well.
If you didn’t find any malware, or if you don’t have an antivirus, you might want to consider using a third-party antivirus solution. There are many great third-party antivirus tools that offer great protection and features, and if you’re looking for a new antivirus, we would have to recommend Bitdefender. This tool offers great security, and it will keep your PC protected and safe from all malware.
Once you scan your PC for malware with one of these tools, check if the problem still persists.
Solution 5 – Install all the available updates
Outdated system drivers may also cause autorun.dll errors. Go to Windows Update and install all the available updates. If you’re getting the error when you try to run a particular program, such as a video game, it’s likely that your video drivers are outdated.
Windows 10 usually downloads the necessary updates automatically, but sometimes you might miss an update or two due to certain bugs. However, you can always check for updates manually by doing the following:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
- Now click Check for updates button.
Windows will now check for available updates and download them automatically in the background. Once the updates are downloaded, simply restart your PC and the updates will be installed. Once your PC is up to date, check if the problem still persists.
If an outdated driver is the problem, you can download the necessary drivers from your manufacturer’s website. However, downloading drivers manually can be tedious, so it might be better to use a driver updater tool that can update all your drivers automatically.
Solution 6 – Perform a system restore
The System Restore feature allows you to go back to a previous Windows state when everything was working properly.
- Type Recovery in the search box > hit Enter.
- Click on Open System Restore > follow the on-screen instructions and choose a restore point.
Solution 7 – Check your DVD drive
Many users reported this problem while trying to install Windows from a DVD disc. According to users, it seems that the problem was caused by a faulty DVD drive. To fix the problem, it’s recommended to check if your DVD drive is working properly. You can do that by trying to read other DVD discs.
If your DVD isn’t working properly, you need to replace it in order to solve the problem. If you don’t feel like replacing your DVD, you can always try to install Windows from a USB flash drive. To do that, you just need to create installation media using the Media Creation Tool and boot your PC from the installation media.
Solution 8 – Check your DVD drive options
According to users, if you’re having any problems with autorun.dll, the issue might be your DVD drive options. Several users reported that they fixed the problem simply by turning on Enable CD recording option in their DVD drive options.
After enabling this option, the issue with autorun.dll was completely resolved.
Solution 9 – Reinstall your DVD drive
As we previously mentioned, issues with autorun.dll can appear due to problems with your drivers. However, several users managed to fix this problem simply by reinstalling their DVD drive. To do that, you just need to follow these simple steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list.
- Locate your DVD drive on the list, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
- A confirmation dialog will now appear. Click Uninstall to confirm.
Once the driver is removed, restart your PC and check if that solves the problem.
We hope these solutions help you to fix the autorun.dll errors you have encountered. In case you tried another fix which is not listed in this article, share your experience in the comment section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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