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GoogleDriveFS.exe – System Error; The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. (it wasn’t missing)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/10/17

GoogleDriveFS - cannot find libcef.dll

GoogleDriveFS – cannot find libcef.dll

Don’t you love errors after things try to audo-update themselves without testing preerquisites:

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GoogleDriveFS.exe - System Error
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The program can't start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem. 
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OK   
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The message was from the csrss.exe Client/Server Runtime Subsystem – Wikipedia process:

GoogleDriveFS - cannot find libcef.dll - csrss.exe is the host process

GoogleDriveFS – cannot find libcef.dll – csrss.exe is the host process

Of course it was there:

GoogleDriveFS - cannot find libcef.dll - it is there

GoogleDriveFS – cannot find libcef.dll – it is there

And valid:

GoogleDriveFS - cannot find libcef.dll - it is valid

GoogleDriveFS – cannot find libcef.dll – it is valid

Regrettably, [Wayback/Archive.is] “GoogleDriveFS.exe” “The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” – Google Search returned nothing relevant.

The broader [Wayback/Archive.is] “The program can’t start because libcef.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.” – Google Search got slightly more relevant results, which gives me a hunch that it is a path or registration issue.

These usually take quite some effort to find the exact cause for, and I don’t have time for it right now, so here are some links for my future self:

The last few links are via [Wayback/Archive.is] “GoogleDriveFS.exe” – Google Search.

Steps I tried

Uninstall Google Drive, reboot, restart Google Backup and Sync: this reinstalled Google Drive, then came with this error:

Can't Move account: To move your account to Drive for desktop, quit Backup and Sync and try again

Can’t Move account: To move your account to Drive for desktop, quit Backup and Sync and try again

[Window Title]
Google Drive Error

[Main Instruction]
Can’t move account

[Content]
To move your account to Drive for desktop, quit Backup and Sync and try again

Error code: 0x00175801

[OK] [Learn more]

Too bad that [Wayback/Archive.is] “0x00175801” – Google Search only returned one slightly relevant result: [Wayback/Archive.is] google drive error 0x00175801 – Google Drive Community

I ran into the same problem. I wasn’t able to end/quit google’s backup & sync properly, because the error kept coming up.

An easier / the easy fix for me was:
  • go to windows startup programs (hit CTRL-SHIFT-ESC and go to tab “startup”) , disable google drive and disable google backup & sync to startup automatically when booting windows
  • reboot
  • start google drive manually
  • automatically the installation wizard took care of installing / migrating to google drive for desktop, and also automatically removed the old backup & sync.
Problem solved.

–jeroen

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