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How to Fix Comctl32.dll Error in Windows 7 When Playing Mame 32 Games

How to Fix Comctl32.dll Error in Windows 7 When Playing Mame 32 Games

If you are a fan of classic arcade games, you might have tried playing Mame 32 games on your Windows 7 computer. However, some users have reported that they encounter an error message saying that comctl32.dll is old and needs to be updated. What is comctl32.dll and how can you fix this error?

What is comctl32.dll?

Comctl32.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to the Windows Common Controls Library. It contains functions and resources that are used by various Windows applications to create common user interface elements, such as buttons, menus, toolbars, list views, etc. Comctl32.dll is an essential component of the Windows operating system and should not be deleted or modified.

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Why does comctl32.dll error occur?

The comctl32.dll error may occur when you try to play Mame 32 games on Windows 7 because Mame 32 is an old game that was designed for older versions of Windows, such as Windows XP. The game may not be compatible with the newer version of comctl32.dll that is installed on your Windows 7 system. Therefore, the game may fail to load or run properly and display the error message.

How to fix comctl32.dll error?

There are a few possible solutions to fix the comctl32.dll error when playing Mame 32 games on Windows 7. Here are some of them:

Run the game in compatibility mode. This is the simplest and most recommended method to fix the comctl32.dll error. Compatibility mode allows you to run older programs on newer versions of Windows by simulating the environment of the previous operating system. To run Mame 32 in compatibility mode, follow these steps[^1^]:

  • Right click on the Mame 32 executable file and select Properties.

  • Go to the Compatibility tab and check the option "Run this program in compatibility mode for".

  • Select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the drop-down menu.

  • Click on Apply and OK.

  • Try to run the game again and see if the error is resolved.

  • Download and install a newer version of Mame 32. Another possible solution is to download and install a newer version of Mame 32 that is compatible with Windows 7. You can find various versions of Mame 32 on the internet, but make sure you download them from a reputable and safe source. You may also need to update your game ROMs to match the newer version of Mame 32.

Download and replace comctl32.dll. This is a risky and not recommended method to fix the comctl32.dll error, as it may cause more problems for your system. However, if none of the above methods work, you can try to download a compatible version of comctl32.dll from a reliable website[^2^] [^3^] and replace it in your system folder. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Download comctl32.dll from a trusted website and save it on your desktop.

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

  • Type C:\Windows\System32 (for a 64 bit system) or C:\Windows\SysWOW64 (for a 32 bit system) and click OK.

  • Find and rename the existing comctl32.dll file to comctl32.old.

  • Copy and paste the downloaded comctl32.dll file into the same folder.

  • Restart your computer and try to run the game again.

Note: Before you download and replace any DLL file, make sure you back up your registry and create a system restore point. Replacing DLL files may cause unexpected errors or damage your system if done incorrectly. 29c81ba772

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