Fix encapi.dll Errors

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing encapi.dll files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent encapi.dll file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

encapi.dll file Encoder API. The file was developed by for use with software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of encapi.dll related errors on your device. You can also download encapi.dll file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP

File info

General information
Filename encapi.dll
File extension DLL
Description Encoder API
Program Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Author Microsoft Corporation
MIME type application/octet-stream
File type Dynamic link library
System Windows NT 32-bit
Copyrights © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Character set Unicode
Language cod English (U.S.)

There are various types of errors related to encapi.dll file. encapi.dll file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to encapi.dll file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • encapi.dll is corrupted
  • encapi.dll cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - encapi.dll
  • encapi.dll file error
  • encapi.dll file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register encapi.dll file:
  • encapi.dll file could not be loaded
  • encapi.dll file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because encapi.dll file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to encapi.dll can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing encapi.dll file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

encapi.dll file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with encapi.dll file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to encapi.dll file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of encapi.dll or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to encapi.dll file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the encapi.dll file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the encapi.dll file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the encapi.dll file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace encapi.dll file

The last solution is to manually download and replace encapi.dll file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded encapi.dll file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of encapi.dll file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\System32\
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows Vista: ---
  • Windows XP: ---

If the steps did not solve your encapi.dll file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

Filename encapi.dll
System Windows 10
File size 21504 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 e6304bf2980f32dcee11e4151e156f5b
SHA1 d18e803cf49b8b4005a2d68ba6f2b2785e1678e1
SHA256 0d2f92d6722e5095b39d4d5864961a17017d7f0a28ea06677ba9fe001ffed04a
CRC32 8ca8389b
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows 8.1
File size 20992 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 95b5d46713914b5c0d279376e18e67a3
SHA1 a7ee25ece9205f55fa89949f518ce0dec303e328
SHA256 133725f39493085774669b725169336d31ac4e71e18419bcdb8e94a099dbcd4d
CRC32 d50ff644
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows 8
File size 19968 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 7251722bf3f1af26fc86c510efb85b2f
SHA1 0e0087eb0704be7aae5a74683ecd32b183b65915
SHA256 1e1cb685c9561c74a19391105ca2fbb9317258a5e6920dabb73fac0ac7ca66f6
CRC32 d7bafcc1
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\System32\
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows 7
File size 24576 bytes
Date 2009-07-14
File details
MD5 a025f51c720f2820921c977c07c8d41a
SHA1 5576dc9ffb89f894f7f151b5dc3b6fcdbe2b2679
SHA256 2b3807384b96acc8cf9bb7b253a528a01e8101d3412d368288352bc4964e2699
CRC32 a7ba1096
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows 7
File size 20992 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 f33a58b7a0e85786ae60e53d4c48c654
SHA1 cc9b6b790f5ef2ca10ffa04daa33f7355c9ff34b
SHA256 f8184efdcb38d0e70479a5edbba135327a7d570ac8197d8a47fdb9a89f160376
CRC32 d8f031ef
Example file location C:\Windows\System32\
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 20480 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 160bccd17b361fda8667f770c870eb4d
SHA1 c53d438ee0b06698f0cabe283ed6d41686bcdd19
SHA256 4c4028688acfef13fcbe35413df122f9d5819538b74674157b769f8d3df9822e
CRC32 fd0a6a00
Example file location ---
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows Vista
File size 24576 bytes
Date 2006-11-02
File details
MD5 aee417c65a32d1a687332039998c1302
SHA1 41186b3141a4e79e760d41b2961f30c433e8db6d
SHA256 42849315fa24bfb129375c4374e2d66e11704c27021967751e994aec63042dc1
CRC32 807a9d16
Example file location ---
Filename encapi.dll
System Windows XP
File size 20480 bytes
Date 2008-04-14
File details
MD5 09515d23c06928f749546e57c2400b0e
SHA1 2aff82f5e2084e6aa2592fbd98cb1bcbc8ccad51
SHA256 eeb871af9b64f03c960251c0d3345175ee8829dabd5565daae3e7ae6ee80aaaf
CRC32 7079d32a
Example file location ---