How to Fix The "Dynamic Link Library Binkw32.dll Could Not Be Found" Error

By Jason Candanedo

The “Binkw32.dll” file is a component for the BINK video codec and a system file designed to help play video movies within software applications such as games. Sometimes, when you are attempting to run one of these applications, you will receive the following error message: “Dynamic Link Library Binkw32.dll Could Not Be Found." The solution to this problem is to copy the “Binkw32.dll” file into the Windows “System” folder, so it can be detected by the computer and the application.

Step 1

Download the binkw32.dll file by browsing the download site (see Resources), then clicking on “Save File” to start the download.

Step 2

Locate the newly downloaded file and right-click it. Click on the “Extract” option in the sub-menu and select the computer desktop as the extraction location.

Step 3

Right-click the “Start” button in the lower left-hand corner of the desktop. The sub-menu will open. Select "Explore." The “Windows Explorer” screen will appear.

Step 4

Browse the left panel in Windows Explorer and locate the “System” folder. The location of the “System” folder depends on your Windows version. Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista have the “System” folder in "C:\Windows\System32." Windows 2000 and Windows NT have the “System” folder in "C:\WINNT\System32."

Step 5

Click on the “Desktop” folder in the left panel. The desktop contents will appear in the right panel of Explorer. Find and right-click the “binkw32.dll” file in the right panel and select "Copy."

Step 6

Go to the left panel in “Windows Explorer” and click your “System” folder. The folder will open and the items in the folder are displayed in the right panel of Explorer. Right-click on the right panel of Explorer and select “Paste.” The “binkw32.dll” file will be pasted into your “System” folder and fix the error.