Windows – IS it safe to delete wow64 dll’s when autoruns says so

64-bitautorunwindows 8

I have Windows 8 64-bit.

I run Autoruns (latest version) and it states 3 DLLs which are not found:

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Question

Is it safe to delete those entries with Autoruns?

Best Answer

  • That's a windows Black Magic (TM): http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/wow64dll-wow64cpudll-wow64windll-files-not-found/837ba758-ad0a-4bc3-b227-62046f7e198d?msgId=762f85e0-f11f-481b-a0e8-b92971acf422

    Don't be concerned if autoruns reports these files as not found. Just ignore it. These three files are critical to (and invisible to) 32-bit processes running on a 64-bit processor.

    For a little fun you can see this by launching both the native and x86 versions of Windows PowerShell, type the following in both. Somewhat surprisingly you'll get different results:

    cd $env:windir\system32
    dir wow*
    
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