Alfie J. Palmer Alfie J. Palmer - 5 months ago 30
C++ Question

REGSVR32 Query. The module "xxxxx.dll" failed to load

I'm having an issue with regards to registering a *.dll under Windows 7 x64.

I've tried placing the *.dll in both, C:/Windows/System32 and C:/Windows/SysWOW64 and attempting to register with "regsvr32 xxxxx.dll" under an elevated command prompt. I also tried to register it from a seperate directory. It responds with the following error:

The module "xxxxx.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 application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool for more detail.

The EventLog notes:

Activation context generation failed for "C:\(path-to-dll)
Dependent Assembly
Microsoft.VC90.ATL,processorArchitecture="x86",publicKeyToken="1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b",type="win32",version="9.0.21022.8" could not be found.
Please use sxstrace.exe for detailed diagnosis

N.B. I have installed both x86 and x64 Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributables.

An interesting aside is that I attempted to register the same *.dll on my work x64 Windows 7 laptop and it registered as expected. I guess this leans towards the fact that some kind of C++ dependency is missing / ATL related?

If anyone could help point me in the right direction or shed any additional light on the matter; i'd be more than grateful.


Answer Source

This is almost certainly due to a missing dependency. Use a tool like Dependency Walker to find the required dependencies of the DLL. Or, if the DLL is supplied by a third party, read their documentation which should specify the required dependencies.

Note that Microsoft.VC90.ATL indicates version 9 of MSVC which is VS2008. So you would need to install the MSVC 2008 runtime to meet that dependency. It looks like you installed the MSVC 2010 runtime by mistake.

Finally, please don't put files into the system directory. It belongs to the system and should not be modified by you.