# Explorer Extensions unable to find "windows" plugin

• Hi all,

I'm writing a context menu extension dll for explorer.
I placed the qwindows.dll in the platforms folder wrt the extension dll.

When I try register it with regsvr32 command I got the error message "this application failed to start because it could not find or load the Qt platform plugin "Windows" because the qwindows.dll is searched in the C:\windows\system32\platforms\qwindows.dll path since explorer.exe is placed in C:\windows\system32.

Since I would like to avoid placing dll in system32 folder how can I change the search path for the dll to have my extensions work?

• @cOld said:

platforms

Hi
I wonder if u can make it work using
QT_QPA_PLATFORM_PLUGIN_PATH
Qt Environment Variable
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16843303/where-are-qt-platform-dlls-supposed-to-go