FM20 is part of the Microsoft Forms 2.0 Object Library, installed along with Microsoft Excel. A program that uses this FM20.DLL but cannot find it results in an error—Component FM20.DLL or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: A file is missing or invalid. This post will share how you can fix the problem quickly.
Component FM20.DLL or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: A file is missing or invalid
One of the users reported this program with GEPath software. It’s software that allows one to make paths using Google Earth. According to a community user, this program doesn’t have the FM20.dll, but if you have installed Microsoft Office, it can be found at
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\vfs\System. It means that the DLL belongs to Microsoft Office and must have gone missing.
Follow these two methods to fix the problem:
- Copy FM20.dll from a working PC
- Reinstall or Repair Microsoft Office
You will need an admin account to execute these suggestions.
1] Copy FM20.dll from Working PC
If you have another Windows computer where the DLL is available at the path mentioned above, you can copy it and place it in the program root directory that gives you the error.
Once you have copied it, make sure you re-register this DLL file.
When you launch the program, it will find the DLL, and there will be no error.
2] Reinstall or Repair Microsoft Office
The easy and probably the only fix is reinstalling Microsoft Office or Repair Office.
- Open Windows Settings (Win + I)
- Navigate to Apps > Apps & features > Office
- Click on the Repair button to start repairing Office installation.
If this doesn’t work, you can choose to uninstall Microsoft Office and then reinstall by downloading the installer. You will need to activate your copy of Office if it’s a standalone version. If you are using Microsoft Office 365, you can use the associated Microsoft account.
I hope the post was easy to understand, and you were able to fix the problem related to Component FM20.DLL or one of its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid.
As you saw, the solution is relatively simple, and all you need is the DLL or fix the Microsoft Office installation.
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