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What is OSQL.EXE and how to fix it?

Overview of OSQL.EXE

What is OSQL.EXE?

OSQL.EXE is a type of EXE file associated with Microsoft SQL Server that is developed by Intel Corporation for Windows. The latest known version of OSQL.EXE is 2000.080.0194.00, developed for Windows. This EXE file has a 1-star popularity rating and “Unknown” security rating.

What are the EXE files?

EXE files (“executable”), such as OSQL.EXE, are files that contain step-by-step instructions that your computer should use to perform a particular function. When you double-click on an EXE file, your computer automatically executes these instructions created by the program developer (e.g., Intel Corporation) to run the program (e.g., Microsoft SQL Server) on your computer.

Each software application on your computer uses an executable file: your web browser, word processor, spreadsheet program, etc. This makes executable files one of the most useful types of files in Windows. Without executable files such as OSQL.EXE, you would not be able to use any program on your computer.

Why do I have errors in files like EXE?

Because of its usefulness and ubiquity, EXE files are usually used as a way to infect viruses/malware. Often viruses are masked as non-hazardous EXE files (e.g. OSQL.EXE) and spread through spam mail or malicious websites, and can infect your computer when it is running (e.g. when you double-click on an EXE file).

In addition, viruses can infect, move, or damage existing EXE files, and can subsequently cause error messages when running Microsoft SQL Server or related programs. Thus, any executable file you download to your computer should be scanned for viruses before opening, even if you think it comes from a reliable source.

When no errors appear in files like EXE?

EXE errors, such as those related to OSQL.EXE, most often appear when you start your computer, start your program, or try to use specific functions in your program (for example, printing).

Common error messages in OSQL.EXE

The most common OSQL.EXE errors that can occur on a Windows computer are listed below:

  • “OSQL.EXE application error.
  • “OSQL.EXE is not a Win32 application.
  • “An error has occurred in the OSQL.EXE application. The application will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • “The OSQL.EXE file is not found.
  • “OSQL.EXE is not found.
  • “Program start error: OSQL.EXE.
  • “OSQL.EXE file is not launched.
  • “OSQL.EXE failure.
  • “Wrong path to the application: OSQL.EXE.

Such EXE error messages may appear during the installation of the program when a program related to OSQL.EXE (e.g., Microsoft SQL Server) is running, when you start or shut down Windows, or even when you install the Windows operating system. Keeping track of when an OSQL.EXE error occurs is important information when troubleshooting a problem.

Warning: We do not recommend downloading OSQL.EXE from sites like “EXE”. Such sites distribute EXE files that are not approved by the official developer of the OSQL.EXE file and can often be supplied with infected viruses or other malicious files. If you need a copy of the OSQL.EXE file, it is strongly recommended that you obtain it directly from Intel Corporation.

Below is a sequence of actions to eliminate errors, designed to solve the problems of OSQL.EXE. This sequence is listed in order from simple to complex and from less time-consuming to more time-consuming, so we strongly recommend you to follow these instructions in order to avoid unnecessary time and effort.

Please note: Click on the [ Open ] image to expand the troubleshooting instructions for each of the steps below. You can also use the [ Close ] image to hide the instructions as they are being executed.

Step 1: Correct registry entries associated with Microsoft SQL Server

Step 2: Perform a full scan of your computer for malware

Hopping Step 3: Clear the system of garbage (temporary files and folders) by cleaning the disk (cleanmgr)

Step 4: Update the device drivers on your computer

Step 5: Use Windows System Restore to “Undo” the latest system changes

Step 6: Uninstall and reinstall the Microsoft SQL Server program associated with OSQL.EXE

Step 7: Run the Windows system file check (“SFC /scans now”)

Step 8: Install all available Windows updates

Step 9: Perform a clean Windows installation

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