This issue will produce one of the following error messages, or something very similar:
“Explorer caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.DLL”
“Iexplore caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.DLL”
“Commgr32 caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.dll”
“Error in Kernel32.dll”
“[PROGRAM NAME] has caused an error in Kernel32.dll”
The kernel32.dll file is involved with memory management in Windows and an error message indicates that there is an issue with this file.
The first thing to try with regard to this error is to attempt to clean the registry of your computer. A good way to do this is to download the Total System Care, which will do an excellent job of cleaning your registry and often sort out the problem in itself.
More Information and Manual Resolution
The first thing to try with this problem, in common with many Windows issues, is to restart your computer. This can often solve the issue.
If this doesn’t work try checking your recycle bin for the file, as you could have accidentally deleted.
If this yields no results then try reinstalling the program that you were attempting to run if you have encountered the “invalid page fault in module kernel32.dll” error. This particular message occurs only when you use a single software program.
Next download all of the latest Windows Updates and service packs as some of these may contain important information for the program.
If you have any DLL files saved to your desktop remove them, as this can sometimes cause conflicts.
The next thing to try if none of these suggestions have produced positive results is to run a virus and malware scan. It is possible that the kernel file has been harmed by malignant software, and cleansing your computer may pay dividends.
Sometimes outdated drivers can produce this error, so try updating any drivers for your external devices.
Next try resetting your hardware configuration to the default recommended by the manufacturer. Overclocking has been known to cause kernel32.dll issues.
If this doesn’t work then the next option worth attempting is to use system restore function. This will reset your machine to a time before the error caused your machine to malfunction. You can then re-install any devices or programmes that have been removed by this virtual step back in time. System restore can be accessed through the Start menu, by simply typing “System Restore” into the search box.
If the system restore utility will not run correctly then you can attempt to activate safe mode. To activate Safe Mode, hold F8 when your computer is initially booting up. Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.
If this does no good then there are three possibilities. Either you have a hardware error related to a device, or internal memory problems, or a major Windows issue. You can eliminate the third of these issues by reinstalling Windows, saving your data firstly on a USB drive. The second issue can be dealt with by testing system memory. If you’re still experiencing issues then the only reasonable conclusion is a hardware malfunction, contact the device’s manufacturer.