After Windows 10 Update 1511 – better known as Windows 10 November Update or Threshold 2 – was released late last year, many people complained about a corrupt opencl.dll file. After further investigation and discussion on the Windows 10 forums, it was determined that it was a fairly common problem, but not a particularly serious one, as a corrupt opencl.dll file does not negatively affect the computer or its graphical functions.
It was also found that this issue only affects Windows 10 users with NVIDIA GPUs. When an NVIDIA GPU user installs or updates NVIDIA drivers for their graphics card, either through NVIDIA GeForce or Windows Update, the NVIDIA driver installer automatically overwrites the existing Windows opencl.dll file with its own and corrupts it accordingly. Until NVIDIA fixes this problem, it will happen every time you install or update NVIDIA drivers.
Fortunately, you can determine if your computer’s opencl.dll file is corrupt and then repair/replace it to fix the problem. Even if a corrupted opencl.dll file doesn’t interfere with your computer’s daily operation, prevention is better than cure.
What causes opencl.dll corruption?
- Problems with opencl.dll are usually caused by your video card drivers. If the problem can’t be solved, you should temporarily disable the specific video card.
- Users have found a problematic directory with opencl.dll. To fix the problem, simply run a DISM and SFC scan.
How to repair a corrupted opencl.dll?
Perform an automatic/boot recovery
- Insert the Windows 10 bootable installation DVD and restart your computer.
- When prompted to press the key to boot from the CD or DVD, press the key to continue.
- Select the language setting and click Next. Click Restore Computer in the lower-left corner.
- On the Select an Option screen, click Troubleshoot.
- On the Troubleshoot screen, click Advanced.
- On the Advanced options screen, tap Auto Repair or AutoRun Repair.
- Wait for Windows Startup Auto Repair/Repair to complete.
- Reboot and you have successfully recovered the corrupted Opencl.dll file in Windows 10, otherwise continue.
Start DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management)
- Press the Windows + X key, then select Command Prompt (Admin).
- Try running these commands one by one:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restore Health
- If the above command does not work, try the following command:
Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess
- Do not run SFC /scannow to check the system integrity, run the DISM command:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth.
- Reboot your computer to save your changes.
Restore Windows 10 installation
This method is a last resort because if nothing else works, this method will surely solve all your PC problems. Restore installation uses only an in-place update to fix system problems without removing user data from the system.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Copy OpenCL.Dll from another computer.
- Update your video card driver.
- Reinstall the video card driver.
- Reinstall the problematic program.
- Keep Windows up to date.
- Use a Windows ISO file.
- Run the built-in system file checker to replace missing or damaged operating system files.
- Run the DISM tool and restore a Windows system image and repair damaged Windows component memory.
- Repair or reinstall the software if the application is causing this error.
OpenCL.dll is called the OpenCL Client DLL. It is part of the OpenCL ICD (Installable Client Driver) program developed by Khronos Group. OpenCL.dll is an important file needed by many applications or games.
OpenCL is a system component that is managed by your video card drivers. If there are problems with the drivers, you may see the following error message: "Code execution cannot continue because OpenCL.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may solve the problem.