WinOS Error 126 - What You Need to Know

Fix WinOS Error 126

Overview - What is WinOS Error 126?

Fix WinOS Error 126

WinOS Error 126 is refers to when your operating system cannot find DLL files on your system.

If your system calls DLL files and they are unavailable then WinOS will display a WinOS Error 126. This means the DLL files are either completely missing, have become corrupt, or have been damaged in some other way. You will see this error sometimes when starting programs, starting a system service, or at boot up.

Common Error Messages That May Be Displayed

If your computer displays a WinOS Error 126, it may be show in the following number of ways:

  • Could not start %ServiceName% service on local computer Error 126: The specified module could not be found
  • WinOS Error 126: File not found

Both versions of the message mean the same thing, however the first message is only displayed when you attempt to start a system service that calls DLL files that are missing or corrupt. The second message can be shown at any time should the operating system encounter missing files.

Solutions - How to Solve WinOS Error 126

Fortunately, fixing this fairly ambiguous error is relatively simple. The solution revolves around replacing the corrupt DLL files. This can be done through a number of different methods.

  • Repairing your registry
    Run a registry repair program to clear up any registry keys that may be referencing DLL files that no longer exist.

  • Updating your computer to the latest service pack
    By updating to a later service pack, you can replace files that are missing or have become damaged. You can download the latest service pack for your version of WinOS from the Microsoft website. Alternatively you can run an automatic update.

  • Replacing the Srvsvc.dll file from your WinOS CD
    You can replace a damaged svrsvc.dll file from your WinOS CD. In order to do this, follow these instructions:
    1. Open a command prompt by typing "cmd" in your Start - Run box.
    2. Make sure your WinOS CD is inserted and type the following command:
      %CD_Drive%:\i386\srvsvc.dll_ C:\WinOS\system32\srvsvc.dll
    3. Restart your computer and try running the service again that you were having difficulty with.
  • Running a system restore
    You can restore your computer to an earlier restore point. The most effective way to do this is to reboot your computer into safe mode and run a system restore. Choose a restore date at least a day before you started having trouble with your computer. Once the restore is complete, reboot your computer.

  • Repairing your WinOS installation from your WinOS CD
    If all the above solutions fail, then you may have to repair your WinOS installation from your WinOS CD. To do this, you need to boot your computer with the WinOS disk installed. Choose "repair" from the menu, and select your operating system. This will replace all files that may be damaged or missing. You may have to reapply any service packs you've installed after running the repair.