How to Diagnose Mssrch.dll Error Message

DLL files are tied into various functions and closely integrated with your system and application software. Because the Microsoft Windows operating system uses DLL files registered in Windows Registry, a missing Mssrch.dll file can apparently cause several problems.

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Alternative manual troubleshooting steps are given below:

Restore File from Recycle Bin

You might have mistakenly deleted Mssrch.dll file. Just go to your Recycle Bin and use the Search feature on upper right corner to find and restore the file to its original location.


Register File with Command Prompt

Mssrch.dll file was automatically registered by your system/ application software during installation. The file registration entries might be corrupted. You can fix obsolete entries by typing following commands in the Command Prompt as administrator.

  • Regsvr32 /u mssrch.dll
  • Regsvr32 mssrch.dll


Identify Malfunctioning Software

As described in the error message: “This application cannot be opened because mssrch.dll is missing/ corrupted. Reinstalling the software may fix the problem”, software components are not properly registered or they are missing, renamed or moved. Make sure the software installation directories are unchanged.

Disable All Startup Items

You could receive mssrch.dll missing error at Windows startup interval due to invalid Registry references. For instance: the Registry contains a startup entry to the file while it is no longer exists. There are two ways to modify startup items, viz. Modifying the Windows Registry and using Task Manager in case of Windows 10/ 8.1/ 8 or System Configuration utility in case of Windows 7/ Vista.


Restore Original Version of Mssrch.dll

A third party theme or other software may have replaced mssrch.dll file. Restore original version of the file by starting a thorough scan for missing files with System File Checker utility in Windows. You must have the installation media with you at the movement.


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