wsock.dll  - several applications report the wsock.dll is the incorect version.  Cann't figure out what to do about it.

Posted on 2007-10-20
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
I have a windows Vista Buisness platform... on a Dell 1501... Life was good (well ok) until just recently.  There have been a few program's installed, I have backed them all out.. yet still have this damn wsock.dll error when I try to run nearly any application worth a crap... expamples would be: Telnet, Mozilla Firfox, Star Office....

I have tried several of the off the shelf programs that tout themselves as registry / dll fixer uppers.  I have ran scans from all but  none report any error with a wsock.dll.  

Anyone have any ideas on a suggested course of action?
Question by:caseygj
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    Expert Comment

    by:Alan Henderson
    Is this definitely wsock.dll or is it wsock32.dll?
    Have you updated and run your antivirus program?

    Author Comment

    you are corrct... it's wsock32.dll  
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    Accepted Solution

    1.  Try Vista System File Checker:

    Click Start » All Programs » Accessories.
    Right click Command Prompt.
    Select Run as Administrator.

    At the command prompt type
    sfc /scannow (dont miss the space before the /)
    Click OK.

    You may need your Vista DVD if prompted for SFC.

    2.  If that doesn't work and a better solution isn't forthcoming:

    Vista repair options don't include XP's Repair Installation.
    However you can do something similar - instructions here:


    Author Comment


    Awesome, didn't know this tool existed... but... now I have a more basic question..  the scan sys it fixed some things and couldn't others but it created a file that I do not have permissions to view... I am administrator.. is there some trick to view this?

    I am going to re-start now to see if it magically fixed my problem.   I have not checked out the link you sent yet but I will do that if all this does not help...

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>sfc /scannow

    Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.

    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 98% complete.Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but wa
    s unable to fix some of them.
    Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example

    The system file repair changes will take effect after the next reboot.

    Author Comment


    The system file checker did the trick.... I am still very curious what files it was unable to repair.  Anyway.. I was able to run telnet, firefox and several other applications that I have not been able to get to run.

    Thank you.

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    Expert Comment

    by:Alan Henderson
    You're welcome.

    Have you tried right clicking on the log file and selecting Run as Administrator?

    Previous versions of Windows didn't give that message in SFC  it was better not to know! It almost always comes up with unfixable files, but it's not usually anything to worry about.
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    Assisted Solution

    You can start Notepad by typing it in the Search dialog box of the Start Menu, right clicking on it at the top of the search items found list, selecting Run as Administrator, reply to the User Account Control prompt, then select the File menu, and Open, and browse to the cbs.log and be able to open it after typing the name in the file name box.
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    Forced accept.

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