If your main operating system is still Windows XP, and you’re using Skype on it, you might receive an error message that says ‘Skype failed to load library dxva2.dll,’ after the most recent update. After this error message occurs, Skype doesn’t start and you’re unable to sign in. In this article we’re going to show you the solution for this error, and also explaining why it occurs.
How can I fix Skype dxva2.dll error
Solution 1: Install .NET Framework 4
So why this error message shows up? Microsoft recently updated Skype to version 7.5 and almost immediately Windows XP users started to complain that they’re unable to even start Skype. This is because, from now on, Skype will use DirectX Video Acceleration 2.0, which requires .NET Framework 4.0 installed in order to function normally. So, as a lot of users (especially Windows XP users), don’t have .NET 4.0 installed, they get this error message.
As you probably know, Microsoft doesn’t support Windows XP anymore, but you’re still able to run Skype on this operating system. The dxva2.dll file was introduced in Windows Vista, so it’s not installed on Windows XP by default, and you have to download .NET Framework 4.0 to have this dll file.
All you need to do to fix the issue with missing dxva2.dll in Skype is to download and install .NET Framework 4. You can download it from Microsoft’s site, or directly from this link.
That would be all, after you download and install .NET Framework 4 you’ll be able to sign in to Skype normally again.
Users of newer versions of Windows operating systems didn’t complain about this issue for now. But, if face this problem on a newer Windows than XP, the solution would probably be the same. Just re-install or enable .NET Framework 4, and you’re good to go.
Additional solutions to fix Skype DXVA2.DLL errors
- Disable your antivirus
Your antivirus and firewall software may block your Skype‘s .exe file, preventing the tool from launching. Disable your security software and test if you can use Skype in this way.
- Reset Skype settings
Resetting your Skype settings may fix this issue and here’s how you can do that:
- Close Skype from Task Manager.
- Open a Run window and enter %appdata%. Hit Enter.
- In the new Roaming folder, locate Skype and change its name to Skype.old.
- Open Run and enter %temp%skype.
- Now simply remove the DbTemp folder.
- Reinstall Skype
If nothing worked, you should try to reinstall Skype. This solution is usually the last resort and fixes many technical issues.
Since we’re talking about Skype, you probably know that Skype has universal app, besides regular desktop program. So which one do you like more, traditional, desktop program, or new, universal Skype app? Tell us your opinion in the comments.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.