How to sort cmicnfg.cpl error?

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After an update from Service Pack 1 to Service Pack 2 of my Windows XP, I started receiving this error:


Error loading cmicnfg.cpl

The specified module could not be found.

Running on safe mode didn’t help me fix the issue. I searched on the net and found out that it has something to do with my sound card driver.  What can I do to fix it?

Please help.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #81037

How to sort cmicnfg.cpl error?


The cmicnfg.cpl occurred when you install a C-Media WDM Audio Driver. The update will cause your audio to stop working. In order to fix the issue you have to delete the old settings that C-Media left in your computer and then reinstall the driver for it. Here are the things you need to do:

  • You have to remove the registry settings for cmicnfg.cpl

Note:  Editing your registry may cause your computer to stop working properly so if you are unsure of what to do, please contact your provider. Or ask advanced user for proper usage of it. Or you can also make a backup for you registry in case you made a mistake.

  1. Click Start then Run
  2. Type regedit to open the registry editor window
  3. Click OK
  4. Locate and expand with the following registry key:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
  1. Delete cmaudio string. This will stop the error from appearing in your screen. But it did not stop the problem, just the error box.
  2. In the Registry Editor window, select Edit from the menu then Find.
  3. Search and delete the keys that are related to cmaudio and C-media.
  4. Locate and expand the following registry keys:


  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionControl PanelCpls

On the above registry key, you need to delete the smcpls string to delete the WDM Audio Drivers Control Panel icon.

  • Delete the C-Media files

We have to delete all the files that Cmedia may have left on your computer. Please continue with the steps below:

  • Open your Windows Explorer then System32 folder
  • Delete the following:







You may also need to delete all the files related located on these folders:



C:Documents and Settings%UserName%Local SettingsTemp ( For Windows 2000 and Windows XP only)

C:Windowsprefetch (For Windows XP only)

  • Reinstall original CMedia Drivers
  • Click Start the Control Panel
  • Select Performance and Maintenance on the Control Panel window
  • Select System
  • Click the Hardware tab on the System Properties window.
  • Select Device Manager
  • Right click the C-Media WDM Driver on the Device Manager, in Sounds, Video and Game Controllers then select Uninstall.
  • After uninstalling, check for the hardware that might be left over from the process by clicking the Scan for Hardware Changes so it will search for your entire


  • Computer for any Plug and Play devices and seek for your Sound Card and install the Generic Multimedia Audio Controller and not the C-Media WDM Audio Driver.

If the above procedure fails, you should carry out step 2 again.

  • Download and install any registry cleaner to clean your registry.
Answered By 0 points N/A #81038

How to sort cmicnfg.cpl error?



Go to the Control Panel and find if there is an icon for C media controller.

If you find it there, use it to configure you sound.  With this you can check if it’s working. If you find it there, you have to find the entry in the registry and delete it from the registry.

If this does not work try this:

You must delete cmuda.dll from C:WindowsSystem32drivers.

If even this does not solve your problem, then I guess you should re-install the XP rather than waiting for days and weeks together to solve this problem. Even try XP repair option before re-installing.

Thank you,


Answered By 10 points N/A #81039

How to sort cmicnfg.cpl error?


Thank you very much for helping me out. You really helped me more than you think you did. You are one of a kind. Thanks.

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