OpenAL32.dll is a critical component of the "Open Audio Library" inside Windows – a central set of features and settings which allows your computer to process some extremely high quality sounds & audio. Although this file is continually being used by your computer to help it play the audio for games and some other software, the fact is that it's continually leading to a lot of issues on your system. If you're seeing openal32.dll errors on your PC, it's recommended that you resolve the errors you have by using the tutorial outlined in this article.
The errors that OpenAL32.dll causes will normally be along the lines of:
- "openal32.dll Not Found"
- "This application failed to start because openal32.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem."
- "Cannot find openal32.dll"
The reason why these errors show is actually quite standard for most Windows systems – it's either going to be the case that the actual openal32.dll file has become damaged or corrupted, or your PC will not be able to read the settings that are related to the file. This can either be caused by "general wear and tear" of your system, or by the way your computer will somehow be unable to read settings it requires to use the file.
The way to resolve openal32.dll errors is to first make sure the openal32.dll file is working correctly, and then to make sure that Windows is able to use the file properly as well. To do this, you should initially re-install any program which may be causing the error to show. This will refresh all the files & settings the application uses, allowing your computer to run much smoother as a result. To do this, you should click Start> Control Panel> Add / Remove Programs and uninstall the program (s) which are causing the problems. Then, after a restart, you should be able to get re-install the application onto your PC again to resolve any of the issues that it has.
It's also recommended that you use a "registry cleaner" program to fix the error. These tools clean through the registry database of your computer and resolve any of the problems which are inside. The registry database is a central storage facility which keeps all the important files & settings that your computer requires to run, and is crucially home to a central list DLL files that your computer uses to load up the files it needs. Unfortunately, this list of DLL files is continually being damaged & corrupted, leading your computer to run with a lot of errors as a result. Downloading, installing and scanning with a registry cleaner will fix this.