CRYPT32.DLL is linked to missing export ADVAPI32.DLL:CryptGenKey

Posted on 2001-07-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-23
On bootup I get a message as follows:


The CRYPT32.DLL File is linked to missing export ADVAPI32.DLL:CryptGenKey

What does this mean?

Question by:bobwatts
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It means that you installed some software on your computer and the cryp32.dll expects to be able to execute a function in advapi32.dll, but the function is not in the dll. It usually happens if you install some software, that replaces a dll with a modified one, that has more functionality. Then you install another program that replaces the dll with its own, and the functionality disappears, causing the first program to fail, because the function is not there anymore.
The fix is usually to reinstall the program that fails, or replace the dll with a newer version.

Hope this makes sence, but i don't know any other way to explain it.

Here is one program that uses both those files:

And a place where you can get specific dll files:

Hope this helps
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tonnybrandt earned 300 total points
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Researching a little further, i found out that both those files are installed with MS Internet Explorer from version 3 and up, so you can just reinstall your internet explorer to get the same version dll's, and the problem should go away then.

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Perfect answer. It is clear, makes logical sense and works!
Thanks, tonnybrandt.
Great job!
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Glad it worked for you.


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