Fixing Kernel32.dll errors

Kernel32.dll is exactly that - the kernel, or core, of your operating system. The kernel of an operating system is responsible for managing your PCs memory, the different input/output requests that all your programs make, and queuing and processing interrupt requests that the different applications running on your PC may make. Because Kernel32.dll is loaded in to locked and protected memory space when Windows starts, programs that try to access the memory where Kernel32.dll lives may generate invalid page fault errors.

Understanding Kernel32.dll errors

Because Kernel32.dll is so important to the operation of your Windows operating system, it locks itself in to protected memory access to prevent malicious or errant programs from modifying it directly. Because of this, the most common Kernel32.dll error occurs when another program attempts to access Kernel32.dll's protected memory locations. This causes Kernel32.dll to send an error message to Windows, which then informs you that the errant program must be shut down.

Kernel32.dll error messages that say things like "Error loading kernel. You must reinstall Windows." occur when your Kernel32.dll file has either gone missing or become corrupted.

Resolving Kernel32.dll errors

The first step to fixing Kernel32.dll errors is to ensure that all of your device drivers are updated. Out-of-date hardware drivers can interfere with the operation of Kernel32.dll, which will defend its memory space by halting the errant driver. Updating other ancillary software such as the Java virtual machine, your core Windows files, and application files can also serve to eliminate Kernel32.dll errors. Finally, ensure that your computer has plenty of hard drive space, that its temperature is reasonable, that the fans in your computer are spinning properly, and that your BIOS settings are reset to factory norms.

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