Here’s how to fix SysMenu.dll error on Windows 10

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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SysMenu dll error

Many Windows 10 users have reported start up errors preventing them from properly using their computers. The most common errors that Windows 10 PC owners encounter are related to the SysMenu.dll file.

Usually, there is a window displaying a message informing users that the SysMenu.dll module could not be found. Most frequently, users report this error occurs soon after they upgrade to Windows 10.

Fix SysMenu.dll errors in Windows 10

SysMenu.dll error can be quite annoying, but this isn’t the only DLL error that you can encounter. There are many similar issues that can appear, and here are some of the most common ones:

  • Rundll error Windows 10, on startup – This is a similar error that can occur, and we already covered this issue in-depth in our Rundll32.exe error article, so be sure to check it out.
  • Sysmenu dll module could not be found Windows 7 – This issue can occur if the DLL file is missing and it can affect any version of Windows. To fix the problem, copy this file to the Program Files directory and the issue should be resolved.
  • Sysmenu.dll is missing, file missing, could not be found error, problem starting – There are many issues related to this DLL file, but you should be able to fix the problem using one of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Remove the SysMenu.dll

According to users, sometimes a SysMenu.dll error can appear due to scheduled tasks. To fix this problem, you just need to find and remove those tasks from your PC. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Go to the C:WindowsSystem32Tasks directory.
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  2. Look for the Smupdate file. To find it, you can use the search feature.
  3. Once you find the file, delete it.

If you want to find this file manually, it’s usually located in the following folders:



Run a third-party DLL fixer

There are plenty of third-party programs out there that promise to fix or replace missing or broken DLLs, and most of them stay true to their word. However, if you are to choose just one, then there’s no way you can go wrong with Restoro.

How to use Restoro to fix missing or broken DLLs

  1. Download here Restoro and install it on your Windows 10 PC
  2. Let Restoro perform a full system scan
  3. When the scan is finished, press Clean Now
    • This is when you will have to activate your license key
    • Before the repair process starts, Restoro will create a restore point of your system in case things go wrong
  4. Restoro will now proceed to fix your DLL-related issue.

Note: While Restoro can be downloaded for free, it has limited functionality until you activate it. That being the case, if you want the full benefit of a great PC repair and optimization tool, you should purchase the full license.

Solution 2 – Use CCleaner

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If you want to fix SysMenu.dll error automatically, you can always use third-party tools such as CCleaner. In case you’re not familiar, CCleaner is a useful cleanup tool that can clean your system from old and unnecessary files.

Once you download CCleaner, run it and go to the Tools > Startup. From there you should be able to delete the SysMenu.dll/SMupdate file.

After doing that, the problem should be resolved and everything will start working again.

Solution 3 – Remove SysMenu.dll from your browser

If you are using Microsoft Edge, you can use this guide to remove all pop-ups and adware from this browser. If you using another browser, you can use a dedicated tool for this purpose, such as: Trojan Remover, SUPERAntiSpyware or Reason Core Security.

Solution 4 – Use Autoruns

Many users confirmed on Microsoft’ Technet forum that this tool helped them to remove unwanted adware and eliminate the SysMenu.dll error. You can download Autoruns from Technet and you’ll probably be surprised to see how many executables are launched automatically.

When the download is complete, unzip the Autoruns file and launch it. Autoruns will show you the currently configured auto-start applications. Search for the SysMenu.dll file or files in the list and delete it/them. Then restart your computer.

Solution 5 – Perform a Clean boot

According to users, sometimes third-party applications or services can cause this issue to appear. To fix the problem, you need to find the problematic application that is causing this issue. The best way to do that is by performing a Clean boot, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and type msconfig. Now click OK or press Enter.
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  2. System Configuration window will appear. Head over to the Services tab and check Hide all Microsoft services option. After doing that, click the Disable all button to disable these services.
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  3. Navigate to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.
  4. Task Manager should now start and show you the list of startup applications. Right-click the first entry and choose Disable from the menu. Repeat this step for every startup application on the list.
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  5. After you’ve disabled all applications, head back to the System Configuration window. Click Apply and OK to save changes and restart your PC.

Once your PC restarts, check if the problem is still there. If the issue doesn’t appear, the problem is caused by startup applications. To find out the cause of the problem, you need to enable disabled applications and services one by one or in groups.

Bear in mind that you need to restart your PC after enabling each group of services or applications in order to apply the changes. Once you find the problematic application, you can remove it or keep it disabled.

Solution 6 – Copy the file to the Program Files directory

If you’re getting SysMenu.dll error on your PC, the problem might be because the file isn’t on a proper location. Several users reported that they fixed the problem simply by copying the SysMenu.dll file to the following directories:

  • C:Program Files (x86)
  • C:Program Files

After doing that, the problem was completely resolved. As for the location of the SysMenu.dll, many users reported that this file was located in Windows.oldProgram filesCommon filesSystem directory.

Bear in mind that Windows.old directory will be available only for a couple of days after you upgrade Windows, so be quick to fix this problem.

Solution 7 – Scan your system

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In some instances, a malware infection can cause SysMenu.dll error to appear. To fix the problem, be sure to perform a full system scan and check for malware. Bear in mind that a full system scan can take couple of hours depending on the size of your hard drive and antivirus software you’re using.

There are many great antivirus tools that you can use to scan your PC, but if you’re looking for a reliable antivirus that will keep your PC safe at all times, you should definitely consider using Bitdefender.

Solution 8 – Remove the problematic applications

According to users, sometimes third-party applications can cause this problem to appear, and in order to fix the issue, you need to find and remove them. Many users reported that YTDownloaded software caused this problem on their PC, but after removing it completely, the issue was resolved.

In order to remove an application completely from your PC, it’s advised to use an uninstaller software. In case you don’t know, uninstaller software is a special application that will remove the selected application along with all of its files and registry entries. As a result, the application will be removed from your PC completely.

There are many great uninstaller applications that you can use, but if you’re looking for uninstaller software that is simple to use, we recommend you try out IOBit Uninstaller. IOBit Uninstaller has a free version and will uninstall not only the program you need but also its leftovers, so be sure you try to uninstall using it.

Solution 9 – Modify your registry

In some instances, the SysMenu.dll error can appear due to your registry. To fix the problem, users are suggesting that you remove this file’s entries from your registry. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. Enter regedit and press Enter or click OK.
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  2. Look for sysmenu.dll in the right pane. If you find any sysmenu.dll values, be sure to delete them. As for the locations, look for this DLL file in the following locations:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

Once you find and remove these values from the registry, check if the problem is resolved.

We hope these three solutions helped you to remove the SysMenu.dll error. In case you’ve found another solution to fix this issue, you can tell us more about your experience in the comment section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2016 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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