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wsock32.dll,wtsapi32.dll-sound notworkin

By gaur ·

The other day I shut down my PC normally. When I started it the next time, it started showing me this error that said something like - "WSOCK32.DLL... not a valid Windows image" and none of my start-up softwares were running. Initially it didn't even play my TV Tuner Card but now it streams the cable TV with the sound. But apart from that, if I want to play anything else (audio, video, etc) - I can't get the audio to play. Winamp loads but no files play - WMP opens but plays without sound - all those Windows clicks can be heard though.

After the errors for WSOCK32.DLL pop up and I click OK, they're usually followed by the same kind of errors for with WTSAPI32.DLL being mentioned instead.

I had a look at the dates of creation for both the files and they're both 2001 - at the time I installed Windows so nothing seems to have over-written these files.

Also my PC is a stand-alone PC - I'm just trying to figure out why and how this is happening since I haven't connected to the Internet or installed any software for this problem to have cropped up all of a sudden.

Someone pls help - I'm tired of my PC making my life miserable.



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by BFilmFan In reply to wsock32.dll,wtsapi32.dll- ...

Which version of the Windows OS are you using?

Usually that error is caused by a corrupted WinSock driver file or an incompatible hardware driver.

Follow the steps listed here to resolve that issue:

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by Blackcurrant In reply to wsock32.dll,wtsapi32.dll- ...


This article from TechRepublic:

has instructions on how to repair Winsock. Sounds like this may solve your problem.

Good luck

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by gaur In reply to

Can't seem to access the link. Can you pls post the contents on this forum?

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by willcomp In reply to wsock32.dll,wtsapi32.dll- ...

Sounds like some corrupted files.

First, to fix winsock errors, download and run winsockfix.exe available at:

Next, copy other files with errors from another XP PC or do a repair install of XP. Instructions for a repair install are at:

Note: If you have installed SP2, you will need an XP CD that includes SP2. Either borrow one or slipstream SP2 onto your original XP CD.

The simplest fix is to copy files from another XP PC.

If you need more info on slipstreaming SP2, post back.


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by willcomp In reply to

After you fix Windows files, may need to reinstall drivers for soundcard or other devices.

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by gaur In reply to wsock32.dll,wtsapi32.dll- ...

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