How to fix wdsutil.dll is missing from Windows?

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Issue: How to fix wdsutil.dll is missing from Windows?

Hello, I recently updated to Windows 10 and encountered the error message: “The program can't start because WDSUTIL.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” Is there anything that can be done about this? Please help. Thanks!

Solved Answer

WDSUTIL.dll is missing is quite a common error that users mostly encounter when they upgrade their Windows to the newest version. Nevertheless, people also complained about the same message bugging them in Windows 7 and 8.1. However, several things could be done to fix WDSUTIL.dll is missing error, including upgrading drivers,[1] running System File Checker and similar.

Dynamic-link library (DLL) files are very similar to executable[2] (exe) files. Inside, they hold the information of certain instructions that the operating system needs to perform for the required operation. The .dll file is used for sharing the same functionality between different applications on Windows OS.

Aside from WDSUTIL.dll is missing error, users can also encounter the following in the Command Prompt when trying to re-register the file:

The module “WDSUTIL.dll” failed to load.

Make sure the binary is stored at  the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.

The specified module could not be found

Additionally, some users reported that after clicking OK they encounter the autorun.dll could not be loaded error.

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All these issues are usually caused by corrupt or wrongly installed system files, incorrectly registered files, broken registry keys, as well as corrupt computer drivers. It is important to fix WDSUTIL.dll is missing error as soon as possible because it can cause several adverse effects to the computer, including:

  • BSoDs;[3]
  • Crashing or freezing applications;
  • Installation fails;
  • PC freezing issues;
  • Overall slowdown of the machine.

Unfortunately, all these symptoms can be applied to malware[4] infection as well. Therefore, before you proceed with the below solutions for WDSUTIL.dll error, we suggest you scan your computer using anti-virus software. Additionally, we recommend using ReimageMac Washing Machine X9 to fix WDSUTIL.dll is missing error automatically.

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Fix 1. Manually register WDSUTIL.dll file using Microsoft Register Server

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DLL files should be registered by Windows automatically. However, in some cases, the OS fails to register it correctly. Therefore, you should try doing it manually the following way:

  • Type in Command Prompt  (or cmd) into the search bar
  • From search results, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • When permission dialog box shows up, click Yes
  • To un-register the wdsutil.dll file, type in regsvr32 /u wdsutil.dll and press Enter
  • Then, to re-register the file, type in regsvr32 /i wdsutil.dll and hit Enter
  • Restart the program associated with the WDSUTIL.dll is missing error and see if problem persistswdsutil.dll is missing - manually reregister the DLL file

Fix 2. Update all drivers

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Drivers are an essential part of the software and hardware to operate correctly. In some cases, drivers might stop working because they can get corrupted, outdated or damaged in any way. Thus, it can easily disrupt the operation of various programs and display WDSUTIL.dll is missing error.

If you want to update all drivers on your PC automatically, use Smart Driver Updater. Otherwise, you will have to update each of the devices manually, and it might take a long time. However, if you want to proceed, please do the following:

  • Right-click on the Start button and choose Device Manager
  • Expand any category and select the device 
  • Right-click on it and pick Update Driver 
  • Select Search automatically for updated driver software and let Windows install the updated drivers automatically
  • Restart your PCwdsutil.dll is missing - update all drivers

Fix 3. Run System File Checker

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System File Checker is an inbuilt scanner that can automatically find and fix broken system files. To perform the scan, follow these steps:

  • Type in Command Prompt (or cmd) into the search box
  • From the search results, select Command Prompt, right-click on it and choose Run as administrator
  • When permission dialog shows up, click Yes
  • Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter
  • Close down Command Prompt and see if WDSUTIL.dll error persists wdsutil.dll is missing - run system file checker

Fix 4. Run DISM scan

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IF the sfc scan did not help, you can try running DISM scan instead:

  • Go to Command Prompt (admin)
  • Type in DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit Enter
  • Let Windows run the scan that can take up to half an hour to complete and see if it helps to fix the error

Fix 5. Perform a System Restore

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 System Restore can bring your computer to the point when it worked fine. To use System Restore, follow these steps (note: the restore point had to be created prior to the error occurring):

  • Type in Control Panel into the search box and open it
  • Select Recovery > System Restore
  • Choose a restore point and follow on-screen instructions

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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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