WLDCore.dll is missing? Follow these steps to fix the issue

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  • If the error occurs after upgrading to a newer Windows release, it is possible that the WLDCore.dll file has been moved out of the folders and grouped in the Shared folder.
  • Another solution would be to repair Windows Live Mail client. You can see how to do that in the step by step guide below.
  • If you encounter any other problems with DLL files, go to our Fix DLL errors in Windows 10 section for all the possible solutions.
  • The Windows 10 Errors Hub is the most important source of issues and solutions for your Windows 10 OS.
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If you are still running the older version of Windows, like Windows 7 or older, you may be also using Windows Live Mail client.

While this email client is discontinued now, some users of the client have reported the WLDCore.dll missing error in the Microsoft community forum:

I had a working Windows live mail prog.  I did something and now the program will not load and the banner comes up that says file WLDCore.dll is missing.
Where do I find that file and how do I load it?

The full error reads: The programs can’t start because WLDCore.dll is missing from your computer. try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

If you are also troubled by this error, here are a couple of troubleshooting tips to help you resolve the issues in Windows.

How can I fix the WLDCore.dll is missing error?

1. Copy and move WLDCore.dll

WLDCore.dll Missing Error

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveShared
  3. The 64-bit users may find the Windows Live folders at – Program Files instead.
  4. Inside the Shared folder, locate the WLDCore.dll file and select.
  5. Right-click on the file and select Copy.
  6. Next, navigate to the following location:
    C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveMessenger
  7. Paste the copied files in the Messenger folder.
  8. Navigate to following locations and paste the copied file in the respective  folders as well:
    C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveContacts
    C:Program Files (x86)Windows LiveMail
  9. Close the Windows Live Client if running. Start it again and check for any improvements.

If the error occurs after upgrading to a newer Windows release, it is possible that the WLDCore.dll file has been moved out of the folders and grouped in the Shared folder.

Following the above steps, you re-arrange the WLDCore.dll file back to where they belong thus allowing the Windows Live Mail client to run without any issues.

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.

2. Repair Windows Live Mail client

WLDCore.dll Missing Error

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type appwiz.cpl and click OK to open the Control Panel.
  3. Locate and select Windows Essential 2012.
  4. Click on the Uninstall/Change option.
  5. On the Uninstall or repair Windows Essentials programs window, click on Repair all Windows Essentials programs option.
  6. Windows will run the troubleshooter and check for any issues with the Windows Live Mail client and try to fix them automatically.
  7. Once the repair is complete, close the Control Panel and launch Windows Live Mail.

You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.

3. Reinstall Windows Live Mail

WLDCore.dll Missing Error

  1. Download Windows Live Mail client. This is an archived version of the official web page. As Microsoft has ended the support for the client, it has also taken down the download page. So, make sure you can download from the given link before proceeding with uninstallation.
  2. Once downloaded, open Control Panel.
  3. Go to Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Select Windows Live Mail client and click on Uninstall.
  5. Proceed with the uninstall by following the on-screen instructions.
  6. Once it is uninstalled, open the folder where you have saved the Live Mail installer.
  7. Double-click on Windows Live Mail installer and proceed with the installation.
  8. Launch Windows Live Mail and check for any improvements.

If you need more info on how to uninstall programs and apps in Windows 10, check out this handy article.

You can easily fix the WLDCore.dll missing error by copy-pasting the relevant files in the correct folder. However, if the issues persist, try other steps in this article to fix the problem.

Don’t hesitate to reach for the comments section below for any other questions or suggestions that you may have.

FAQ: Read more about wldcore.dll

  • What is wldcore.dll?

Wldcore.dll is a DLL file, developed by Microsoft, which is referred to as essential system files of the Windows OS.

  • What does wldcore.dll not found mean?

It means that the program cannot find the specific file in its system and cannot start because of that. Here’s how you can fix missing DLL problems in Windows 10.

  • How to reinstall wldcore.dll?

The most simple way to reinstall the DLL is to uninstall the software that requires it and install it again fresh. You can also read our full guide to fix this wldcore.dll problem.

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