Storm.dll is a file used by software products from Bilzzard Entertainment. This company is famous for producing such cult-classics as “World of Warcraft”, the “Diablo” series and “Starcraft”. Their Storm.dll file is used primarily to read archived data from the various sources that these games use, and also contains memory management functions, network support, compression functions as well.
Unfortunately, Storm.dll is often the cause for 100’s of different errors on the Windows system, due to the file continually getting damaged and corrupted. Because the file is used so frequently (100’s of times every time you use your games), it’s prone to being saved incorrectly and with errors, leading a myriad of problems to occur. This tutorial is going to show you the best solution fix the Storm.dll errors that often appear on Windows PCs.
What Causes The Storm.dll Error?
Storm.dll errors can occur for a large number of reasons, but are mainly shown because your computer either cannot find or read the file on your system. This is mostly caused by your games either overwriting the file on your PC with an older version, or by simply moving the file from one folder to another by accident.
The errors which storm.dll normally causes include:
- Storm.dll is missing
- Storm.dll cannot be found
- Storm.dll was not found. Reinstalling your software may resolve this issue
The main reasons why storm.dll errors show is because of the way the various installed games you have will either damage the file or move it around. To fix the error, you should first reinstall any software showing the error, and then fix any of the issues that will cause the file to become unreadable. Here’s what to do:
How To Fix Storm.dll Errors
Step 1 – Reinstall Any Program Showing The Error
It’s often the case that installing a game from Blizzard will place its own version of storm.dll onto your PC. This is okay if your games all use the same file, but what often happens is that many of the games will either install an incorrect file, or will place it in the wrong folder on your system. Reinstalling Storm.dll errors will basically allow you to automatically correct any of the issues that can lead the error to show, and here’s how:
- Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs
- Locate the programs causing the error
- Uninstall them
- Restart your PC
- Reinstall the programs from their CD’s
- See if the error still appears
Step 2 – Manually Replace Storm.dll On Your PC
If you still get the error after reinstalling the software on your system, it suggests you have a problem with the storm.dll file itself. You may wish to then try this procedure to replace the file & correct the issue on your PC:
2) Unzip the storm.dll file onto your computer’s hard drive
3) Browse to c:\Windows\System32
4) Locate the current storm.dll on your system
5) Rename the current storm.dll to stormBACKUP.dll
6) Copy & paste the new storm.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 -u storm.dll” on the black screen & Press Enter
10) Type “regsvr32 storm.dll” on the black screen
11) Press enter
This will basically replace the storm.dll file on your system, which should correct any issues the file may have developed on your PC. This generally works to fix most cases of DLL errors, but may not work for you.
Step 3 – Scan For Viruses
One of the big causes of these errors is the way in which viruses will target storm.dll to try and gain access to your online Blizzard accounts, and your payment methods. What generally happens in this instance is that a virus will basically try and alter the storm.dll file to make it do what it wants. This will make the file unreadable, and lead your games to be unable to use it. To fix this, you need to replace the file (by following step 2) and then use an antivirus tool to get rid of the virus infections on your PC. We’ve found XoftSpy is the best for fixing common DLL errors caused by virus infections.
Step 4 – Clean Out The Registry
A big cause of the “Storm.dll is missing” or the “Storm.dll not found” 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.