Importerror: dll load failed the specified module could not be found (Fix)

Importerror_ dll load failed the specified module could not be found

importerror: dll load failed: The specified module could not be found error occurs because of the incompatibilities of Microsoft Visual C++ (Visual Studio) versions.  The best way to fix this error (importerror: dll load failed) is to reinstall/ install the Microsoft Visual C++ distribution. Apart from this, sometimes manually adding the dll files also fix this error. Let’s explore these methods one by one.


Importerror: dll load failed: the specified module could not be found (Solution) :

Here we are adding a few methods to fix the error (importerror: dll load failed ). Please apply them one by one.

Method 1:  reinstall the Microsoft Visual c++

Here is the link for downloading Microsoft Visual c++. It will come as a group of dll files. You may try different distribution versions between ( Visual Studio 2015, 2017, and 2019 ). In most of cases, this step will fix  the error (importerror: dll load failed)

importerror dll load failed
importerror dll load failed

Method 2: Manually adding required dlls –

In the previous step, We have reinstalled the Microsoft Visual c++ completely.  But we can also fix the above error if we only replace the required DLLs. Please follow the below steps for this.

  1. Download the msvcp71.dll file.
  2. Save the file at the C:\Windows\System32 location.
  3. In the case of 64-bit OS, Please save the same file in the C:\Windows\SysWOW64 location.

You may also try the msvcr71.dll file in the place of the above DLL file.

Method 3:  Reinstalling the Python package (blocker) with Python –

We are getting this error, because of some python packages with underline incompatible libraries. Hence we replace the existing python with the latest or compatible one. Then reinstall the libraries on top of it. To install libraries use the pip3 or pip command depending upon the versions of python.

If your python version is 3. xx then use the pip3 otherwise use pip for python 2.xx.

For example, I want to install the “X” library then I will use the below command.

pip3 install X


Conclusion –

I hope the above step will fix the error for you. But in case any of the above steps are not working, please let us know. You may comment on the details of this error in the comment box. We will help you in resolving them.


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