BrowseUI.dll is a critical part of the Internet Explorer application installed with Windows. It contains the protocol and functions for the User Interface (UI) management for this problem, and is responsible for helping your PC load up the different menus & options that it will show in IE. Unfortunately, browseUI.dll will often show an error because it may be corrupted, damaged, or absent from your system. To fix this error, read on.
Possible Causes Of BrowseUI.dll Errors
The error may present itself in the following ways when you start your computer:
Explorer.exe unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because Browseui.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
When this error occurs, it’s common for your desktop icons, Start menu and toolbars will not appear on the screen. The cuase of this problem is mainly that the BrowseUI.dll file cannot be found, or the file is corrupted. If it is corrupted, preventing your computer from being able to read it. It if has been removed, then Windows cannot use it to perform the essential functions it requires, such as place the desktop icons on the screen.
The file may have also become corrupt after you have had a virus. DLL files are particularly prone to virus corruption (as they are vitally important for your system). However, browseui.dll may have been deleted accidently by yourself or another user. In either case, you should aim to rectify the situation by following these steps.
How To Fix BrowseUI.dll Errors
Step 1 – Unregister and Re-Register The BrowseUI.dll File
Sometimes, the file may have it’s name or location changed. Windows cannot search for the file other than in it’s original location. Re-Registering the file will provide Windows with the exact details on where it is located. To do this:
- Restart your PC and continually press F8 before Windows loads
- This will load up various options. Choose Safe Mode With Command Prompt from the Windows Advanced Options menu and press Enter
- Inset your Windows XP installation CD into your CD ROM drive
- When the command prompt appears, press enter after each line:
- cd c:\windows\system32 ren browseui.dll browseui.bak F: cd i386 expand Browseui.dl_ c:\cystem32\browseui.dll
- After you have done this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete > Shut Down > Press Enter
- Select Restart > Press Enter to reboot your PC
This will register the file again on your Windows system, allowing Windows to read it again (which should prevent it from being misplaced)
Step 2 – Download A Fresh Copy Of BrowseUI.dll From The Internet
Replacing the BrowseUI.dll file is probably the surest way to get your system running as smoothly as possible again. You should not delete it as it is a critical part of the system. You can do this very easily by following the guide below:
2) Unzip the BrowseUI.dll file onto your computer’s hard drive
3) Browse to c:\Windows\System32
4) Locate the current BrowseUI.dll on your system
5) Rename the current BrowseUI.dll to BrowseUIBACKUP.dll
6) Copy & paste the new BrowseUI.dll into C:\Windows\System32
7) Click Start > Run (Or search”run” on Vista & Win7)
8 ) Type “cmd” in the box that appears
9) Type “regsvr32 BrowseUI.dll” on the black screen
10) Press enter
This will replace the BrowseUI.dll file on your PC with a fresh, new copy that your PC should be able to access again. This removes the chance that the file could be corrupted or damaged. Windows will now be able to access it without causing the BrowseUI.dll error to appear. However, if this does not solve the error, you may wish to try using Step 3 below:
Step 3 – Clean Out The Registry
A big cause of the “BrowseUI.dll” error is that there is a mis-match of data inside the registry database. The registry contains information about all the DLL & system files on your computer and keeps your PC running smoothly by providing quick links to the files it needs. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that the ‘registry’ will become damaged and the links to the various DLL files will become corrupted and unreadable. To fix this, you should download a registry cleaner and use it to scan through your computer & remove any of the damaged or corrupted DLL reference paths that are inside it. This would fix the error you are seeing if the top two steps didn’t.