The kernel32.dll file is used within the Windows operating systems Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME. In these operating systems the kernel32.dll file is responsible to handle the memory within the operating system and control the input and output of operations as well as interruptions.
Typically when Windows starts the kernel32.dll file is initiated and is protected from having any other programs being able to access it. This is because it is a very important file and process and should not generally be accessed by any other programs. Typically there are 3 different types of issues that are encountered in an operating system that have to do with the kernel32.dll file, and they are listed below.
The first issue that is often encountered with kernel32.dll is that there is a file in their task manager that is taking up a lot of memory resources or acting weirdly on your system. There is a possibility that the process labeled kernel32.dll is not actually the Windows file, but rather a malicious program hiding behind the name of the kernel32.dll.
If you think that this is the case do not manually shut down the processes because it is possible for kernel32.dll to use a large amount of resources at a time and you would not want to just shut it down. The best thing to do is to restart your machine and run a full system scan with an anti-virus program and see if there are any malicious programs identified.
The second common issue that is encountered with kernel32.dll is when there is an error message displayed referencing the file when using a specific program. If this issue continues to arise after restarting the machine then there is a good chance that the files within the program have become corrupt and can no longer work within the operating system.
If you think that this is the case the best thing to do is to uninstall the program with either the uninstall program with it, or use the add/remove utility in the control panel. Once the program is removed download the latest version and try to install it to your system again. This should fix any corrupt files that could be causing the kernel32.dll error messages.
The third common issue that causes the kernel32.dll error messages to appear is if there are issues with your systems memory. There are many different causes that affect your memory so the best thing to do is to either run a memory test within your system or take it in to a computer tech store and get them to see if your memory is physically broken.
The final cause of kernel32.dll error messages is issues within the registry of your system. Sometimes .dll files can become corrupt if programs are installed or removed incorrectly and with these changes the registry can change and cause negative affects on the files located within it.
If these changes are the cause of your kernel32.dll error messages the best thing to do is to go into your registry and change your current kernel32.dll file. If you are not comfortable in manually making the changes there are many registry cleaners and fixers on the market today that will quickly and automatically fix any of the issues located in your registry, including kernel32.dll errors.