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‘Error loading mss32.dll’; how to reinstall file on PC

'Error loading mss32.dll';  how to reinstall file on PC

THE mss32.dll it is part of the Windows audio settings and supports a variety of sound drivers and computer games. The absence of this file in the system can cause the error «mss32.dll is missing» and prevent the execution of a series of games, such as GTA 3, Call of Duty 4 and Rome: Total War. See, in this tutorial, how to reinstall the DLL from trusted sources, and other tips to resolve the issue.

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What is the mss32.dll error?

The message » Error loading mss32.dll » occurs due to the lack or corruption of this file in Windows. The problem is common in older games, as they may have compatibility issues with 3D sound on current systems. In either case, reinstalling the audio drivers or the correct version of DirectX can restore the DLL on your computer.

Most affected games

GTA 3
GTA Vice City
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 4
Rome: Total War
Warcraft 3
Heroes 3
Age of Mythology

Error messages that may appear

  • mss32.dll is missing
  • mss32.dll error loading
  • mss32.dll has stopped working
  • mss32.dll was not found
  • the procedure entry point mss32.dll
  • mss32.dll could not be located
  • mss32.dll access violation
  • could not find mss32.dll
  • could not register mss32.dll

1. Update the audio drivers

Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for «Device Manager»;

1 of 9 Open Windows Device Manager – Photo: Playback / Tais Carvalho

Open the Windows Device Manager – Photo: Playback / Tais Carvalho

Step 2. Click on the «Sound Controllers» tab;

2 of 9 Access the «Sound, video and game controllers» tab – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Access the «Sound, video and game controllers» tab – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 3. Then, right-click the audio driver listed and select «Properties»;

3 of 9 Open the driver properties – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Open the driver properties – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 4. Go to the «Driver» tab and then press «Update Driver»;

4 of 9 Update the sound driver to correct the problem – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Update the sound driver to correct the problem – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 5. Choose the option «Automatically search for updated driver software». Wait for the files to be searched and updated.

5 of 9 Windows will search for the driver automatically – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Windows will search for the driver automatically – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

If an update is not found, go to the manufacturer’s website and search for your sound driver model – normally, the name will appear in the Device Manager list. Then, return to Step 4 and choose the option «Search my computer for drive software». Select the folder with the downloaded files and wait for the update.

Step 1. Access the Microsoft page and download DirectX (microsoft.com/pt-BR/download);

6 of 9 Download the DirectX installer from the Microsoft website – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Download the DirectX installer from the Microsoft website – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 2. Open the installer, accept the contract and click «Next»;

7 of 9 Accept the contract and follow the installation steps – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Accept the contract and follow the installation steps – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 3. Wait for the installation. Then, restart the game on your computer to see if the error has been fixed.

3. Check the integrity of the files

Another method is to check the integrity of Windows files.

Step 1. Open the Start menu and search for «Command Prompt»;

Step 2. Click on the Command Prompt with the right mouse button and select the option «Run as Administrator»;

8 of 9 Open the Command Prompt as administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Open the Command Prompt as administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 3. In the program, type the command «sfc / scannow» without quotes;

9 of 9 Enter the command and wait for the system check – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Enter the command and wait for the system check – Photo: Reproduction / Tais Carvalho

Step 4. Press Enter and wait for the verification to complete.

If the computer still says the DLL is missing, try reinstalling the game that is being affected by the problem. Another option is to check for updates – since some games have patches or DirectX installations themselves – and check the integrity of the files on Steam, if it is installed on the game platform.