iexplore.exe System error api-ms-win-downlevel-advapi32-l1-1-0.dll

I have a computer with the Windows 7 32 bit version installed.  When I click on the ie icon I get an error message:

"iexplore.exe System error

api-ms-win-downlevel-advapi32-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

How do I go about reinstalling IE or whatever it is I need to reinstall?


Hi Gordon Blue,

I see that you get error message when you click on Internet Explorer icon. I will help you with this issue.


1.What is the make and model of the computer?

2.Which security software is installed on the computer?

3.Did you make any changes to the computer recently?

4.Do you have any other browser installed?


Method 1.

Boot the computer in safe mode and check.

Advanced startup options (including safe mode):


Method 2.

You can run the Microsoft Safety Scanner to make sure that the computer is free from viruses.

Microsoft Safety Scanner:

Safety Scanner Disclaimer: There could be a loss of data while performing a scan using Microsoft safety scanner to eliminate viruses if any.


Method 3.

For issue related to Internet Explorer crash: Tips for solving problems when Internet Explorer crashes or stops working:

Disclaimer: The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature might reset security settings or privacy settings that you added to the list of Trusted Sites. The Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature might also reset parental control settings. We recommend that you note these sites before you use the Reset Internet Explorer Settings feature.


Method 4.

I would suggest you to perform SFC scan and check if that helps. The SFC /scannow command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

For more information how to do SFC/ scan, please follow this link:



How do I install or uninstall Internet Explorer 9? :


Try these steps and let us know the status.


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