When you have issues with your opengl.dll file, you will find yourself having an assortment of errors, but usually they will pop up and give you an error message pointing to opengl.dll. Sometimes Windows won’t even run correctly and you’ll be forced into Safe Mode to trouble shoot the issue.
What is the Source of the Problem?
The first question we need to ask ourselves is how did this happen? Were you cleaning the computer and throwing out files that you thought were taking up space and not doing anything and accidentally threw out an opengl.dll? Do you have a virus or malware infection? Do you need to update OpenGL? If you’re not sure, we can try all the possibilities. If you know, skip ahead to which fix works for you.
If you’ve accidentally thrown opengl.dll in the recycling bin and recycled the file, you can get a free file recovery program on the Internet to recover the file. One you’ve recovered the file, you should be working again.
If you have a virus or malware infection, you need to fully update your anti-virus and possibly your anti-spyware and run them. This should clean your system of the infection. Then you can find OpenGL online and get the latest version as a free download. In many cases, they will install themselves. Just make sure you get one that is an exe file.
Update OpenGL Driver
In the case of hardware, you may need to update the OpenGL driver. This is only for video cards; other hardware doesn’t use OpenGL drivers. First you need to know your video card. So we need to go into Device Manager to find that information out for you.
To get to Device Manager follow these steps:
- Go to Start
- Type in Device Manager
- Press Enter
To find your video card go to “Display Adapters” and write down what it says. Now you want to go to the manufacturer’s web page and find that video card’s drivers. They should be found under “Support” or “Drivers.” Then you do a search. That will get you the OpenGL update download. A lot of these manufacturers save these files as exe files these days so all you have to do is double click on the file and it self-installs. But in case it doesn’t, I’ll walk you through OpenGL drivers update.
- Go back into Device Manager
- Go back to Display Adapters
- Double click on your video card
- In the “Driver” tab go to “Update driver”
- “Browse” to where you saved the file and update
- You may need to restart
Then there’s the easy way to update OpenGL drivers. You could use driver update software. Basically what this software does is monitor all the drivers on your computer to see if any becomes corrupt or out of date, and then it searches the Web for the most recent version, and loads it onto your computer with just a few clicks of the mouse. No more long, drawn out processes to go through in order to update your drivers!