Thursday, December 27, 2012

Prop res dll not loaded

‘Prop res dll not loaded’ is a printer error that normally occurs while taking document print or saving the document. This error holdbacks printing and a user has to wait for the process to complete. This article includes exact error message, its causes and solutions.

Error message:

The error message users receive when they try to take print is “Prop res dll not loaded” and/or “Cannot load Library DLBAPRP.dll.”


This error is usually noticed in Lexmark and Dell printers. The error occurs due to corrupt drivers, incompatible path environment variable and corrupt/outdated Windows Registry entries.


1. Copy printer product specific driver files to system 32/64 folder
2. Update path environment variable
3. Run Microsoft printing troubleshooter tool to fix the problem
4. Uninstall and reinstall printer drivers
5. Run Windows Registry Scan 

Copy printer product specific driver files to system 32/64 folder:

Copying printer product specific driver files to system 32/64 folder can resolve the problem. Follow the steps given below to copy printer product specific driver files:

Follow the path given below for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows version:

  • For 32-bit version: Your drive:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32X86\3
  • For 64-bit version: Your drive:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\X64\3
  • Select all print files by holding CTRL
  • Now right-click on a selected file and then select copy
  • Paste the following path in Windows Explorer:
  • Your drive:\Windows\System32 or System64
  • Finally right-click the system 32/64 folder and then click Paste

Update path environment variable:

Environment variables are dynamic values. Any disturbance in environment variables can affect running processes of a computer. Follow the steps given below to update environment variables:

  • Click Windows Start button | click Control Panel
  • Click Performance and Maintenance | click System
  • Now click Advanced Tab | Environment Variables
  • Click Path Variables under system variables and then click Edit
  • Press End button on keyboard to move the printer to the end of path
  • Type semicolon (';') | type following path of the printer drive
  • C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32X86\3 OR C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\X64\3
  • Example of path in 32-bit version Windows is mentioned below
  • %SystemRoot%\System32;%systemroot%;C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32X86\3
  • Click Ok to close all dialog box
  • You are done!

Run Microsoft printing troubleshooter tool to fix the problem:

Microsoft has developed some troubleshooting tools for Windows errors such as ‘Prop res dll not loaded’. The printing troubleshooter tool is developed to fix printer errors. Download this program from Microsoft official website and do the following:

  • Download Microsoft Fix it troubleshooting tool
  • Install the program and then run it
  • Click Fix it button or link
  • It will automatically resolve the problem

Uninstall and reinstall printer drivers:

Sometimes device drivers become corrupt that is why they stop working and cause pop-up errors. You are required to uninstall printer driver and reinstall it again. Follow the steps given below to do so:

  • Install driver through CD that normally is a part of purchased printer OR
  • Click Windows Start button
  • Type “Device Manager” in Search Box
  • Select the Device and note down its name
  • Download Latest driver from manufacturer’s website
  • Restart your system
  • You are done!

Run Windows Registry Scan:

Windows Registry is basic source of computing. It stores system configuration and user personal settings. Any disturbance in Windows Registry can disturb running programs and processes of computer.

It is essential to run Windows Registry scan to fix Registry errors. To do this you are required to download Registry Cleaner Software such as RegInOut. Follow the steps given below to do so:

  • Download Registry Cleaner Custom Software
  • Install the software | Click its icon on desktop
  • Click Start Scan button
  • Click Fix Registry Errors button when software completes its scan
  • Reboot your system
  • You are done!

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