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 framedyn.dll error   

Windows XP application failed to start because Framedyn.dll Was Not Found?


If you get this error when using various Administrative Tools in Windows XP Pro (and when you open the System Properties Dialog Box--when you right-click My Computer and press Properties, or open Control Panel):


Possible Cause:

This error can be caused if the System PATH environment variable does NOT include the

%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Wbem folder, or if the %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\Wbem\framedyn.dll file is missing or corrupt.


To fix the problem:

Replace the Framedyn.dll File  -- how to get the file back.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.

  2. In the Open box, type %systemroot%\system32\dllcache, and then click OK.

  3. Right-click framedyn.dll, and then click Copy on the shortcut menu that appears.

  4. Click Start, and then click Run.

  5. In the Open box, type %systemroot%\system32\wbem, and then click OK.

  6. On the Edit menu, click Paste. If you are prompted to replace the existing file, click Yes.

Verify System Variables

1. Open a CMD prompt (go to START menu, RUN) and type (you can copy and paste this):

copy %systemroot%\system32\dllcache\Framedyn.dll %systemroot%\system32\wbem\Framedyn.dll /y

2. Right-click My Computer and press Properties. If you DO NOT receive the error, exit this procedure, you're done.  Otherwise:


NOTE! If you do not know how to edit your registry - STOP!

You can do serious damage to your operating system, like make it stop working, or be unable to boot up.  If you are competent at editing your registry, then I recommend the standard advice:

Make a valid backup of your registry before making any changes to it!


3. Use the Registry Editor to navigate to:

(To use the Windows registry editor - Go to Start, then Run, then enter "regedit" in the textbox, then click OK)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment.

4. If the Path Value Name is missing, press Edit / New / Expandable String Value. Right-click New Value #1 and Rename it to Path.

5. Double-click the Path value Name.

6. A standard path begins with:



7. Exit the Registry Editor and restart your computer.


NOTE: If additional variables exist in the Path Value Name, insert a semi-colon (;) after the

%SystemRoot%\System32\wbem string.



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