Easiest Way to Resolve BackgroundContainer.dll Error

The file BackgroundContainer.dll is an essential component of applications published by Conduit Ltd. The following error may appear on your screen:

There was a problem starting: C:\[UserNameHere]\AppData\Local\Conduit\BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll. The specified module could not be found.

As the error indicates the file no longer exists on your system. The error reportedly occurs after Windows boot interval, i.e. the application perhaps registered a startup entry in the Registry.

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Alternative manual troubleshooting steps are given below:

Perform Clean Boot

To perform clean boot means to disable all startup programs. You may do this process in two ways, viz. 1) Using Windows Registry Editor (commonly abbreviated as, RegEdit); and 2) Using Task Manager if you’re using Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8; or System Configuration (commonly abbreviated as, MSCONFIG) for earlier versions of Windows.

Method # 1: Check for a reference entry to BackgroundContainer.dll file in Startup tab of the Task Manager. For earlier versions, fire up MSCONFIG through Run dialog box and disable all startup items.


Method # 2: Using RegEdit, check out following sub keys for references to BackgroundContainer.dll startup file.

List of Registry hives relating to startup items:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce


Remember, it is important to note that Windows Registry is very sensitive database. Incorrect changes in the Registry can make your system unstable. Hence, a backup is must before making any change to your Registry. Just right click the sub key you would like to backup, and choose Export option.

Restore Deleted File

The file may have been deleted — intentionally or unintentionally. Check the contents of Recycle Bin, or simply use the Search box on upper right corner to restore the file back to original location given below:

  • C:\[UserNameHere]\AppData\Local\Conduit\BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll

The above location may vary in different circumstances. In such situation, restore the file to location specified in the error message.


Determine Task Scheduler Entry

Locate Windows Task Scheduler tool with Search feature of the Start Menu, and look for an entry related to BackgroundContainer and delete it. A system reboot is required for the changes to take effects.


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