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How to Fix Sqmapi.dll Error

"Sqmapi" stands for Software Quality Management Application Programming Interface. It is a Microsoft Windows SQM client DLL file and is not considered a threat to your computer. Rather, it is a critical system file needed for your computer to run. It must not be modified or deleted. Otherwise, it will cause system errors including the programs that use it.

This file is statically related to "ADVAPI32, msvcrt, ntdll, USER32, KERNEL32 and RPCRT4" "DLLs", which means that if sqmapi.dll is loaded, so are the 6 files. If it gets missing or corrupted, they will not be loaded too.


The main reason that you are getting this error is a corrupted or broken registry file. The following are the common causes why it gets corrupted:

Malware or Virus Infection

Some of these malicious malware purposely deletes or modifies registries. When this happens, you will get errors when you run programs associated with it. It is important to make sure that your computer is malware and virus-free all the time.

Hardware failure

While this file just sits in your hard drive waiting to be used, it can be corrupted if the hard drive is fragmented. Thus, it would be useful to check for fragmentation.

Deleted or Disabled

If you have disabled this file in the system process, it will cause issues to other programs that are associated with it. It will either give you an error or it will not run at all.

Incompatible Version

It could be that when you upgraded your Windows, the current sqmapi.dll loaded is not the correct version.

Incorrect Path

If you have upgraded your Windows to a higher version, there's a chance that it was copied to a wrong path. The correct path is "C:\Windows\System32\sqmapi.dll".

Common Error Messages

The following are the common errors for this file:

"Sqmapi.dll Not Found"
"Bad Image sqmapi.dll"
"Cannot find sqmapi.dll"

When opening an application, an error will be displayed informing that sqmapi.dll is missing and will ask you to reinstall the program.

Repairing the Errors

While this dll is categorized as low in the system process, it is important that you fix your computer with an sqmapi.dll error to avoid further issues. Here are some ways to fix it:

Upgrade Windows Operating System

It is important to upgrade your operating system, notably Windows 7 SP 1, to a higher version, so that sqmap.dll will not have difficulty looking for the file.

Click Start.
Search for "Windows Updates".
Select Install Now and wait until the upgrade has been completed.
Restart computer.

Reinstall program

If the program associated with this file cannot be loaded, it might be useful to install a new copy of the program. You need to uninstall the program that has the issue and then reinstall it. This is much better than downloading an external dll, especially if you are not familiar with regards to the right version for your computer.

Perform a SFC scan

Systems File Checker is the most reliable way to correct errors like this. To do this,

Reboot your computer in Safe Mode.
Pull up the Run command and type in CMD.
In the command prompt, type in "sfc / scannow" without quotation marks and hit enter.

It could take time to check all the system files in your computer. Wait for the process to complete. You may need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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