perl.dll is not loadable - initialization routine failed

Scott Noyes snoyes at
Fri Jun 30 10:00:52 EDT 2017

Pidgin 2.12.0
Strawberry Perl 5.20.2
Windows 10

Pidgin had been working fine and running a Perl plugin. After a Windows
"Update and Restart", Pidgin no longer loads Perl. The debug window shows:

plugins: probing C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll
plugins: C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll is not loadable:
`C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\perl.dll': A dynamic link library
(DLL) initialization routine failed.

The same thing happened last week. I uninstalled and reinstalled various
versions of Pidgin and Perl three or four times, and eventually hit the
magic combination and it started working again.
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