DLL errors can be triggered by many possible reasons and sometimes, if the DLL is closely related to your system, more severe issues can occur. Most of them can be fixed by similar methods. This post on MiniTool will develop around the winmmbase.dll error to give you better solutions.

Winmmbase.dll Error

DLL files are very important components in Windows operations. Many programs and system services rely on the well-functioning DLL files. That’s why your system or programs will malfunction once you encounter the DLL errors, while the winmmbase.dll error is one of them.

When you run into the winmmbase.dll crashing issue, you will receive a message that simply reads:

C:/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/ winmmbase.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error

This winmmbase.dll error may be triggered by corrupt system files, a virus or malware infection, issues with the storage drive, etc. To fix these issues, you can do as follows.

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DLL errors can easily lead to system or program crashes and your data can get lost in the process, especially for the winmmbase.dll file, which is closely related to the default Windows installation.

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How to Fix the Winmmbase.dll Error?

Fix 1: Replace the DLL File

The first step to cope with the winmmbase.dll missing or not found error is to replace the damaged DLL file. The DDL file is located in C:\WINDOWS\System32 and if you can’t find this related file, you need to go to another well-functioning Windows system with the same architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).

Then you can copy the winmmbase.dll from that in a flash drive and paste it to the System32 folder in the affected computer.

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Fix 2: Use SFC and DISM Scans

Run SFC and DISM scans to check and repair corrupted system files. Then you can restart your computer to see if the error can be fixed.

Step 1: Open Run by pressing Win + R, type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter simultaneously.

Step 2: Copy and paste this command and press Enter to execute it.

sfc /scannow

input sfc /scannow

Wait for a while until the scan finishes and you can proceed to execute the next command – DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.

When it shows you the result, you can restart your computer to check the error.

Fix 3: Reinstall the Affected Application

If you encounter this error when you attempt to access some dedicated program, you can uninstall and then reinstall this program via the following steps.

Step 1: Open Settings by pressing Win + I and click Apps > Apps & features.

click Apps & features

Step 2: Scroll down to locate and click on the program and choose Uninstall > Uninstall.

Then you can download and install the program from the official source.

Fix 4: Perform an In-Place Upgrade

The last method is to perform an in-place upgrade. There are many options for Windows updates and you can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.

Since the winmmbase.dll error is related to the Windows installation, it may fail to perform and you can try to perform an in-place upgrade here. For detailed steps, you can refer to these two articles:

Bottom Line:

This post has clarified how to fix the winmmbase.dll error and for other related DLL errors, you can look through the MiniTool Website.

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