Resolving Framedyn.dll Error in XP

Framedyn.dll (Microsoft Framework Library) is an integral part of the Windows WMI program and its main function is to implement several provider helper classes.

Framedyn.dll error that appears on the screen

On a Windows XP computer when you double-click the System icon in the Control Panel window, or right-click the My Computer icon and then click Properties, you may encounter the following framedyn.dll error message:

“rundll32.exe - Unable To Locate Component

"This application has failed to start because framedyn.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.”

What causes this error message?

The above framedyn.dll error is generated when either of the following conditions holds true on your Windows XP computer:

  • The %SystemRoot%\system32\Wbem\framedyn.dll is either missing or corrupt.
  • The Windows Path environment variable is pointing to another location than %SystemRoot%\system32\wbem folder.

Note: %SystemRoot% is a variable that refers to the drive on which you have installed Windows.

What can one do to resolve these issues?

To fix the above framedyn.dll error, you will need to perform the following two tasks:

Task #1 – Replace the Corrupt Framedyn.dll File

To replace the existing framedyn.dll file, perform the steps illustrated below:

  1. Click Start and then click My Computer.
  2. Browse to %SystemRoot%\system32\dll cache folder.
  3. Next, locate the framedyn.dll file, right-click on it and then click Copy.
  4. Now, browse to %SystemRoot%\system32\wbem folder.
  5. Right-click on an empty space in the %SystemRoot%\system32\wbem folder and click Paste.
  6. Click Yes, if a message appears asking you if you want to replace the existing file.

Task #2 – Check System Variables

To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and then click Properties. Click OK if the same error message that you receive earlier (one mentioned at the top of this article) appears on your screen.
  2. Next, in the System Properties dialog box that is displayed, click the Advanced tab.
  3. Now click the Environment Variables button.
  4. Click Path under System Variables, and then click the Edit button.
    Note: If you don’t see a Path variable under System Variables, then click the New button, and type Path in the Variable name box.
  5. In the Variable Value box, type the following
    %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\wbem
  6. Finally, click OK thrice.

Your problem should now be resolved.