The Kernel32.dll file handles memory management, input/output operations, and interrupts. When you start Windows, Kernel32.dll is loaded into a protected memory space so that other programs do not take over that memory space.
On occasion, you may receive an invalid page fault (IPF) error message. This error message occurs when a program tries to access the Kernel32.dll protected memory space. Occasionally, the error message is caused by one particular program, and other times the error message is provoked by multiple files and programs.
If the problem results from running one program, the program needs to be replaced. If the problem occurs when you access multiple files and programs, the damage is likely caused by damaged hardware.
The following conditions can cause Kernel32.dll error messages:
* Damaged swap file
* File allocation damage
* Damaged password list
* Damaged or incorrect version of the Kernel32.dll file
* Damaged registry
* Hardware, hot CPU, over clocking, broken power supply, RF noise, ground bounce, or bad hard disk controller
* BIOS settings for Wait states, RAM timing, or other BIOS settings
* Third-party software that is damaged or incorrectly installed
* .dll files that are saved to the desktop
* Non-existent or broken Temp folder
* A control panel (.cpl) file is damaged
* Incorrect or damaged hardware driver
* Incorrectly installed printer drivers or HP Jetadmin drivers
* Damaged Java Machine
* Damaged .log files
* Damaged entries in the History folder
* Incompatible or damaged dynamic link library files
* Damaged or incorrect Msinfo32.exe file
* Low disk space
Bad memory modules:
You can test your memory modules by inserting the command: DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS /TESTMEM:ON into your Config.sys file. You can use the System Configuration Utility:
1. Select Start>> Run and type: msconfig [Enter]
2. Next, select the Config.sys tab and add the HIMEM.SYS line (above) by pressing the New button.
3. Windows will tell you to reboot your computer.