Odbctool.dll is a Microsoft sample ActiveX DLL which provides ODBC driver & data source name functions to your PC. The file is responsible for making access to data in any Database Management System (DBMS) possible by using the Microsoft ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) protocol. Due to the extensive use of this file, your system encounters errors as a result of the file not working properly. You need to resolve issues surrounding this file to connect your applications to the different DBMS you are using and make your system stable again. This tutorial enables you to easily repair the problem.
What Causes odbctool.dll Errors On Windows?
The different odbctool.dll errors that appear on your screen can be caused by various problems. The errors are primarily caused by the file becoming damaged, corrupted or missing, and these all lead to a large number of errors showing on your system. It is highly recommended that you sort out all the problems that Windows is encountering with the file to fix this problem – This can be performed quickly and easily using the steps described below:
How To Fix odbctool.dll Errors On Your System
Step 1 – Re-Install Any Programs Showing Errors
If you are seeing the error notification when you attempt to use a certain program again and again, it is best to re-install that application, for it might have damaged files that cause the error to appear. Re-installing applications will very often do the trick. You can re-install the application by first of all removing it from your PC. Do this by clicking Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs for XP versions of Windows or Programs and Features for Vista and Windows 7 versions. Select the file from among the list of programs and remove it by clicking the “Remove” (XP) or “Uninstall” (Vista and Windows 7) button. Reboot your computer once you are done removing all the programs with errors. Removing the application will stop the errors from appearing again.
If you wish to make use of the program you have just removed, re-install it by inserting the CD/DVD installer onto your optical hard drive and run the installation file. You can also obtain a file installer from the Internet if it is made available by the manufacturer.
Step 2 – Manually Replace the odbctool.dll file on your PC
Manually replacing the odbctool.dll file on your PC is probably the surest way to fix the problem. It takes a little longer but you can replace the old file with a fresh copy and register it on your operating system. Here’s how to do it:
- Download odbctool.zip from the Internet using this link
- Unzip the odbctool.dll file onto your computer’s hard drive
- Browse to c:\Windows\System32
- Locate the current odbctool.dll on your system
- Rename the current odbctool.dll to odbctoolBACKUP.dll
- Copy & paste the new odbctool.dll into C:\Windows\System32
- Click Start > Run (Or search”run” on Vista & Win7)
- Type “cmd” in the box that appears
- Type “regsvr32 odbctool.dll” on the black screen
This process will provide a fresh, (hopefully) working copy of the file and should enable data access to the different DBMS that you are using while preventing the error messages from appearing again. However, if the problem still exists, you need to proceed to the next step and clean out the registry.
Step 3 – Clean Out The Registry
The “registry” is home to many problems on your system, including the different odbctool.dll errors you are seeing. The registry is a large central database that Windows accesses constantly to get the file and program settings it needs in order to load and run its processes properly. Despite its necessary role in the smooth operation of your system, the registry constantly experiences problems due to the way Windows will access hundreds of registry keys at the same time. Windows often saves them in the wrong way, making registry entries damaged or corrupted and this results in the slowing down of your PC and the errors that you are seeing. You need to repair the registry entries by using a reliable “registry cleaner” that can effectively scan your registry and fix errors found inside.