Dxva2.dll error in Skype [Fixed]
If after you’ve updated Skype on Windows XP or just have installed it you begin to get Fatal error — failed to load library dxva2.dll here is how to fix the error and some info on why you don’t need to download dxva2.dll file from anywhere.
Dxva2.dll stands for DirectX Video Acceleration 2 and Windows XP doesn’t support the technology. Still, you can run updated Skype with it, not even havin dxva2.dll on your machine.
How to fix failed to load library dxva2.dll error
The below instructions are only for Skype on Windows XP computer, if you have the dxva2.dll error in any other OS or with different software, there are some solutions in the last paragraph of the article.
First, you shouldn’t download dxva2.dll from any kind of dll-download websites. It won’t fix the error, instead you’ll get another one, saying that the file isn’t supported by Windows NT.
To fix the “How to fix failed to load library dxva2.dll” fatal error you should follow these simple steps:
- Check if you have all Windows XP updates installed. Install them if not in Control Panel — Automatic Update.
- Install Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable from the official Microsoft website here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/942288/
- Download and install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 for Windows XP from Microsoft https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=21
- Restart your computer
After these procedure your Skype software will run without any error messages. If you still encounter any issues, make sure you have DirectX and video drivers installed in Windows XP.
Dxva2.dll in Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10
Dxva2.dll file is an essential part of latest Windows OS version. If somehow the file is missing, you may fix it by running sfc /scannow command in elevated command prompt. It will replace the damaged or missing dxva2.dll files in System32 and SysWOW64 folders automatically.
Plus, you can use Windows Explorer search option to find original dxva2.dll library in Windows/WinSxS folder and copy it to your Windows System32 and SysWOW64 folders.