- Using a dedicated software program to fix the GDI+Windows error in Windows 11 is one of the most straightforward ways to approach the problem.
- Checking your system files using the below steps will also help you to resolve the issue in no time.
- When operating games or graphic-design software, the gdiplus.dll file error might create serious unwanted problems.
When it comes to two-dimensional vector graphics, images, and typography, Windows GDI+ is the portion of the operating system that does the job.
In addition to introducing new features and optimizing existing capabilities, the Windows Graphics Device Interface has been enhanced from its previous build in Windows 11.
On occasion, the GDI and the Windows application will conflict, resulting in the error GDI+Windows, thus preventing the computer from shutting down.
It is possible to run into this problem with apps that utilize GDI+ and set the pen object’s width to zero (0) on displays with high dots per inch (DPI) or resolution, or with apps that use scaling. Follow along as we will show you a list of solutions right after we understand more in-depth what GDI+ does.
What does GDI+ do?
GDI+ is an improved C++-based version of the GDI graphics driver. GDI is an application programming interface and a basic operating system component in Windows, that is responsible for representing graphical objects and transferring them to output devices.
With a graphical device interface plus (GDI+), application programmers can show information on a screen or printer without having to be concerned with the specifics of that display device’s capabilities.
In the application software, the programmer invokes methods provided by GDI+ classes, and those methods, in turn, make the relevant calls to the appropriate device drivers.
It also separates the program from the graphics hardware, and it is this separation that enables developers to construct applications that are not dependent on the graphics hardware.
What can I do if I get the GDI+Windows error in Windows 11?
1. Run the SFC scan
- Press the Windows + S key to open the Search bar, then type cmd, and right-click on the most relevant result to run it as an Administrator.
- Type or paste in the following command and press Enter:
sfc / scannow
Simply wait for the process to complete (this could take some time), then restart your computer to apply the changes made. SFC will find and restore broken files and directories automatically.
2. Run the Power troubleshooter
- Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, and navigate to System in the left panel followed by Troubleshoot from the right side.
- Once you are inside the Troubleshoot menu, click on the Other trouble-shooters option.
- Now scroll down until you meet the Power troubleshooter and click Run next to it.
Once the troubleshooter ends searching for errors, it will display you the exact bug that occurred and how to fix it. Make sure to follow the instructions displayed, step by step.
3. Update the graphics card driver
- Right-click on the Start icon then click on Device Manager to open it.
- Now expand the Display adapters section and right click on each option, then choose Update driver.
Wait for the processes to finish, then restart your computer to apply the changes made. We strongly recommend that you use a dedicated tool to automatically update your drivers such as DriverFix.
4. Check for Windows Update
- Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, then click on Windows Update in the left panel.
- If you have any new updates to download, click on the Install now button and wait for the process to finish, otherwise click on the Check for updates button.
If you are running an older version of Windows, it is possible that this is a contributing factor to the error, which can be rectified by updating the operating system. Most likely, the bug will be addressed in a subsequent update of the software.
5. Start the computer in clean boot
- Press the Windows key + R to open a new Run box, then type or paste in msconfig and hit OK.
- Navigate to the Boot tab and check the Safe boot option under Boot options.
- Now go to the tab that says General and make sure that Selective startup radio button is checked but uncheck Load startup items under it.
- Select the Service tab and check the box Hide all Microsoft services then click Disable all to disable all the unnecessary services which might cause issues.
- On the Startup tab, click Open Task Manager and disable all the startup items which are enabled.
Now you may proceed with the reboot process. Windows will automatically do its job, all you have to do is wait for the process to complete.
What are the differences between GDI+ and Direct2D?
Geometries such as polygons, ellipses, and lines are rendered with GDI in an opaque, aliased state. Through the AlphaBlend API, it is capable of rendering aliased and ClearType text, as well as supporting transparency blending.
However, its treatment of transparency is inconsistent, and the alpha channel is simply ignored by the majority of GDI APIs.
Only a few GDI APIs provide assurances about what will be in the alpha channel following an operation. More importantly, the rendering performed by GDI does not translate well to 3D operations, and a modern GPU renders most effectively on the 3D portion of its rendering engine.
Examples include the fact that Direct2D’s aliased lines are designed to be implemented simply as two triangles displayed on the GPU, while GDI makes use of Bresenham’s line drawing method.
Direct2D renders primitives that are opaque, transparent, aliased, and anti-aliased in appearance. Transparency and motion are frequently used in modern user interfaces.
Due to the rigorous guarantees, it provides on how it accepts and produces transparent content, and the fact that all of its primitives are displayed utilizing hardware acceleration, Direct2D makes it easy to develop a modern user interface.
Direct2D is not a true superset of GDI, it does not include primitives that would have been unacceptably sluggish if they had been implemented on a GPU. Because Direct2D was developed with a strong emphasis on 3D acceleration, it is also simple to use in conjunction with Direct3D.
For further information and potential solutions that may be applicable to your Windows 11 PC, check out our article on how to fix gdiplus.dll errors in Windows 10.
Alternatively, if you find that you are missing .dll files after a Windows update, make sure to read the guide linked on how to resolve the issue, as it can still apply to Windows 11.
And lastly, in the case that your PC still won’t shut down, we have already prepared a guide on how to shut down your PC in Windows 11 when it encounters errors.
Let us know in the comments section below which solution worked best for you as well as how often you get .dll file errors on your PC.