Get the fix for the error  MPR.dll not found on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

About “MPR.dll not found”

The following information on this error has been compiled by NeoSmart Technologies, based on the information gathered and reported by our global network of engineers, developers, and technicians or partner organizations.

Description and Symptoms

The error messages, alerts, warnings, and symptoms below are tied to this error.

Symptom 1: “MPR.dll not found” error screen on startup

MPR.dll(Multiple Provider Router) is a Windows module that contains functions used to handle communication between the Windows operating system and the installed network providers. The module has software components which allows multiple network protocols to function easily and communicate with each other at the same time. If this file becomes missing or corrupt, the “MPR.dll not found” error screen appears.

Here is an example of “MPR.dll not found” error screen for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7:

MPR.dll not found Win XP, Vista, 7

lsass.exe - Unable To Locate Component
This application has failed to start because MPR.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix the problem.

On Windows 8 and Windows 10 this error generates a more generic “It looks like Windows didn’t load correctly” error screen:

MPR.dll not found Win 8, 10

Recovery

It looks like Windows didn't load correctly
If you'd like to restart and try again, choose "Restart my PC" below. Otherwise, choose "See advanced repair options" for troubleshooting tools and advanced options. If you don't know which option is right for you, contact someone you trust to help with this.

Causes of this Error

This error has been known to occur as a result of one of the following causes:

Cause 1: MPR.dll file is corrupt or missing

Virus attacks, power outages and disk write errors may cause files to become missing or corrupt. If that’s the case, then the operating system can’t find the MPR.dll file, and the boot process is halted with a “MPR was not found ” error.

Fixing “MPR.dll not found” on Windows

Windows Setup CD/DVD Required!
Some of the solutions below require the use of the Microsoft Windows setup CD or DVD. If your PC did not come with a Windows installation disc or if you no longer have your Windows setup media, you can use Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows instead. EasyRE will automatically find and fix many problems, and can also be used to solve this problem with the directions below.

Fix #1: Replace MPR.dll

Windows Setup CD/DVD Required!
Some of the solutions below require the use of the Microsoft Windows setup CD or DVD. If your PC did not come with a Windows installation disc or if you no longer have your Windows setup media, you can use Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows instead. EasyRE will automatically find and fix many problems, and can also be used to solve this problem with the directions below.

If mpr.dll is in fact missing or corrupt, you can restore the original mpr.dll file back from your Windows XP installation disc.

Unable to boot into the Windows setup CD?
See our guide on setting up a PC to boot from the CD or DVD for troubleshooting and more detailed instructions.

  1. Insert your XP CD into the computer.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Press any key to boot into the CD when you see the “Press any key to boot from CD” message.
  4. Press R to start Recovery Console when the Options screen appears.
  5. Type in your Administrator password followed by the Enter key to submit it.
  6. You’ll reach the Command Prompt now, type the following command, where D:\ is your CD’s drive letter and C:\ is the letter of the drive you installed Windows to:
    expand D:\i386\mpr.dl_ C:\Windows\system32\
  7. Press Y when you are asked if you want to overwrite this file and then hit Enter to submit the command.
  8. Restart your computer.

Here is an example of what the PC’s console output should look like once the MPR.dll file is properly restored:

MPR.dll restored from Win XP install CD

MPR.dll restored from Win XP install CD

Fix #2: Repair corrupted system files with the SFC command

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, it is possible to use the built-in Windows SFC(system file checker) tool to automatically scan a computer’s system files and repair them if necessary.

Here are the steps to run SFC:

  1. Boot from your Windows install disc
  2. Click on Repair your computer after selecting proper language, time and keyboard input.
  3. Select the Windows installation drive, which is usually C:\, and click Next
  4. Choose Command Prompt when the System Recovery Options box appears
  5. Write the following command and press Enter afterwards:
    sfc /scannow /offbootdir=D:\ /offwindir=D:\Windows\

    Replace D: with the letter of the driver where Windows is installed, and D:\Windows with the Windows folder location.

Here is an example of what the PC’s console output should look like once the sfc.exe scan is complete and missing files are successfully restored:

MPR.dll restored by the SFC utility

MPR.dll restored by the SFC utility

Fix #3: Check the hard drive with CHKDSK utility

If the hard drive has its file integrity compromised, it is possible to use built-in Windows CHKDSK utility to scan the disk and fix the file system errors.

Here are the steps to run CHKDSK:

  1. Boot from your Windows install disc
  2. Click on Repair your computer after selecting proper language, time and keyboard input.
  3. Select the Windows installation drive, which is usually C:\, and click Next
  4. Choose Command Prompt when the System Recovery Options box appears
  5. Write the following command and press Enter afterwards:
    chkdsk C: /f

    Replace C: with the letter of the driver where Windows is installed.

Here is an example of what the PC’s console output should look like once the chkdsk.exe is complete:

Chkdsk utility results screen

Chkdsk utility results screen

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Applicable Systems

This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows 10 (all editions)

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