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IPFs in Kernel32.dll

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Kernel32.dll is the Windows kernel file that handles I/O operations, interrupts, and memory management functions. When you start a Windows system, operating system loads this 32-bit file in protected memory space so that no other application can take that space over. On occasion, you receive IPF (Invalid Page Fault) in Kernel32.dll file. Such errors usually occur when one or more programs attempt to use protected memory space (in RAM) of Kernel32.dll. In case of single application causing it, it needs to be reinstalled. However, if you observe this problem with various files and applications, the damage is possibly occurred due to corrupt hardware, registry, hard disk, swap file etc. When your hard disk is damaged, data loss occurs and to restore complete information, you should use your recent data backup. But if data backup suffers issues like damage or incompleteness, or no data backup is available, you need to use data recovery applications.

As a practical example, while using a Microsoft Office program, you might receive the below error message:

‘Program_ name’ caused an invalid page fault in module Kernel32.dll

Here, ‘Program_name’ refers to the name of MS application you are using.


IPFs usually occur when an application passes some data erroneously and Windows fails to interpret it. Kernel32.dll IPFs occur due to any of these causes:

  • Problematic system issues like buffer commits, write-behind caching, 32-bit protect-mode disk drivers etc.
  • You are reading from a CD-ROM drive
  • Windows registry corruption
  • Excess of temporary files
  • Damaged swap file
  • Corrupt custom profile
  • Enhanced BIOS features are turned on
  • Application issues
  • Outdated or incompatible software
  • Virus infection
  • Hardware issues
  • Windows installation corruption
  • File system corruption or fragmentation


To resolve these issues, apply these methods:

  • Try starting your Windows system in Safe mode and disable synchronous buffer commits, write-behind caching, 32-bit protect-mode disk drivers, and protect-mode hard disk interrupt handling features.
  • Turn off CD-ROM drive cache.
  • Verify if Windows registry is not damaged. If it is, restore from backup or reinstall Windows
  • Delete temporary files, if any.
  • If Windows swap file (Win386.swp) is damaged, recreate it and delete the damaged.
  • Try recreating custom profile, if damaged
  • Make sure that no enhanced BIOS features are turned on
  • If problem is limited to a single application, reinstall it.
  • Find and remove all outdated and incompatible utilities.
  • Scan your system for viruses
  • Check the system for incompatible or damaged hardware and remove or replace them
  • Reinstall Windows and restore lost data from backup
  • Run chkdsk to repair file system corruption and Disk Defragmenter utility to defragment the hard disk. If problem persists, reformat the hard drive and restore from backup. In case of any backup issues, use hard disk recovery applications. These Data Recovery applications are safe tools to recover and restore lost information.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an advanced Data Recovery utility. It is a read-only tool that supports FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file systems. Providing features like RAW File Recovery, Drive Status, Disk Imaging, and Drive Cloning, the application is a complete Disk Recovery tool. It is compatible with Windows 7 (currently in RC 1), Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

Andrew Juan is a student of Mass Communication doing research on data recovery services. He is also a file recovery Specialist.

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