FIX: “Gdi32full.dll is missing” (or was not found) error in Windows 10

By: Matthew Adams
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The gdi32full.dll file is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) shared between software. This particular DLL file is a part of the Microsoft Graphics Device Interface in Windows. As such, the gdi32full.dll is important for graphics and formatted text utilization on video displays and printers.

The “gdi32full.dll is missing” error is one that occurs if that file is in someway corrupted, or as the error message highlights, missing (not found). The full error message states: “This application failed to start because gdi32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.” Alternatively, the error message might just state, “The file gdi32.dll is missing.” Consequently, users can’t run one, or more, programs in Windows. These are a few resolutions that can fix gdi32full.dll errors in Windows 10.

How to fix gdi32full.dll errors

  1. Scan Files With the System File Checker
  2. Scan the Registry
  3. Update Graphics Card Driver
  4. Reinstall the Program Returning the Gdi32full.dll Error
  5. Get a new Gdi32full.dll File From DLL-Files.com
  6. Clean Boot Windows 10
  7. Roll Windows 10 Back to a Restore Point

1. Scan Files With the System File Checker

DLLs are system files that the System File Checker can repair if required. The SFC is a command-line utility that fixes corrupted system files. You can utilize the System File Checker within the Command Prompt as follows.

  • Open the Win + X menu with the Windows key + X hotkey.

  • Click Command Prompt (Admin) to open the Prompt’s window.
  • Before initiating an SFC scan, enter ‘DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth’ and press Enter.
  • Then input the ‘sfc /scannow’ in the Prompt, and press the Return key.

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  • When the scan is complete, the Prompt might state, “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.” Restart Windows if the WRP repairs files.

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2. Scan the Registry

Invalid registry entries are another potential factor for the “gdi32full.dll is missing” error message. You can fix invalid DLL registry entries with registry scanner utilities. There are numerous registry utilities to choose from, but the freeware CCleaner is one with a huge user base. You can scan the registry with the freeware CCleaner as follows.

  • Press the Download button on this page. Then you can open CCleaner’s setup wizard to install the software.
  • Open CCleaner and click Registry to open the scanner in the snapshot below.

Clean registry errors

  • CCleaner’s registry scanner includes a Missing Shared DLL check box. Select that check box, and all the other registry check boxes, and press Scan for Issues button.
  • Press the Fix selected issues button to repair the registry.
  • A dialog box also opens asking to back up the registry. There you can select Yes to back up the registry, but you probably won’t need to.
  • Click Fix All Selected Issues to provide further confirmation.

3. Update Graphics Card Driver

The gdi32full DLL might be due to an outdated or corrupted device driver. As the gdi32full.dll is a part of the Microsoft Graphics Device Interface, the graphics card driver will probably be the most likely driver that needs updating to fix the error. However, there might also be other drivers that you need to update to fix the “gdi32full.dll is missing” error.

As such, it might be better to utilize a driver updater program that will highlight what drivers need updating or fixing. To update drivers with the freeware version of Driver Booster 5, click Free Download on this webpage. After installing the software, open Driver Booster’s window. The software will automatically scan when you open it. Then you can press the Update Now button to update the listed drivers.

4. Reinstall the Program Returning the Gdi32full.dll Error

If the “gdi32full.dll is missing” error message is popping up for a specific program, reinstalling the software might resolve the issue. That will replace the software’s files. Furthermore, the error message also states that reinstalling the software might fix it. You can reinstall the program as follows.

  • Click Run on the Win + X menu.
  • Then you can open the uninstaller by entering ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run’s text box and clicking OK.
  • Select the program you need to reinstall, and press the Uninstall button.

  • Click Yes to provide additional confirmation.
  • Restart Windows after uninstalling the software.
  • Then reinstall the program with the setup wizard for the latest version. Download the latest version from the software’s website.

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5. Get a new Gdi32full.dll File From DLL-Files.com

The “gdi32full.dll is missing” error message states that the DLL might be missing. You can check that by entering ‘gdi32full.dll’ in Cortana’s search box. That should then list the gdi32full.dll as a best match as shown in the snapshot directly below.

If Cortana doesn’t find the file, Windows 10 needs a new gdi32full.dll. If you happen to have another Windows 10 PC handy, you could copy the gdi32full.dll from there and then place it on the other desktop or laptop. However, you can also download DLLs from DLL websites. DLL-Files.com is among the more reputable sources for update DLL files. This is how you can save a gdi32full.dll from DLL-Files.com.

  • First, open this page in a browser.
  • Click Download to save the ZIP for a 32 or 64-bit gdi32full.dll file. Download a 32 bit DLL for a 32-bit Windows platform or a 64-bit file for 64-bit Windows.

  • Next, open the DLL’s ZIP in File Explorer; and press the Extract all button.

  • Click Browse to select a folder to extract the DLL to.
  • Then press the Extract button.
  • Open the gdi32full.dll’s extracted folder.
  • Select gdi32full.dll and press the Copy to button to open the menu below.

  • Then select to copy it to the System32 folder (for 64-bit DLL files). The 64-bit Windows also has a SysWOW64 folder for 32-bit DLLs.
  • Delete the first gdi32full.dll from the folder you originally downloaded it to by right-clicking the file and selecting Delete.
  • You might also need to register the new gdi32full DLL. To do that, open the Command Prompt (as admin) from the Win + X menu.
  • Input ‘regsvr32 gdi32full.dll’ in the Prompt and press Return to register the DLL.

6. Clean Boot Windows 10

The gdi32full.dll error might also be due a third-party software conflict. To fix that, you can clean boot Windows 10, which starts Windows with minimal startup software and services. You can clean boot Windows 10 as follows.

  • Press the Windows key + R hotkey to open the Run accessory.
  • Input ‘msconfig’ in the text box, and press the OK button.
  • Click the Services tab shown directly below.

  • Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then press the Disable all button.
  • Then select the General tab in the image below.

  • Click the Selective startup radio button.
  • Deselect the Load startup items check box.
  • Select both the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options.
  • Press the Apply and OK buttons.
  • Then press the Restart button on the System Configuration dialog box window that opens.

— RELATED: Fix: DLL Files Missing from Your Windows 10 Computer

7. Roll Windows 10 Back to a Restore Point

If the gdi32full.dll system error doesn’t occur when you open software after the clean boot, it must be due to a third-party background program. If you’re not sure what program that is, your best bet might be to utilize the System Restore tool that will remove all software installed after a selected restore point. With that utility, you can roll Windows back to a time when there was no “gdi32full.dll is missing” issue on your desktop or laptop. You can utilize System Restore as follows.

  • Open Run with the Windows key + R hotkey.
  • Input ‘rstrui’ in Run, and press the OK button.

  • Click the Next button on the System Restore window.
  • Select the Show more restore points option, and select a date to roll Windows back to from the listed restore points.

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  • You can press the Scan for affected programs button to see what programs are uninstalled for the restore point.

  • To confirm the selected restore point, press the Next and Finish buttons.

So there are numerous resolutions that can feasibly fix the missing “gdi32full.dll is missing” error. As a final resort, you could also factory reset or reinstall Windows 10. Check out this post for further details on how you can factory reset Windows 10.

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