Unable to load shared object on startup in RStudio only

I'm not sure what I did, and my IS team is stumped. I updated R from 3.5.2 to 3.6.0 and R throws this error when opened in RStudio There is no problem when running R in the gui.

Error: package or namespace load failed for ‘stats’ in inDL(x, as.logical(local), as.logical(now), ...):
 unable to load shared object 'C:/Program Files/R/R-3.6.0/library/stats/libs/x64/stats.dll':
  LoadLibrary failure:  The specified module could not be found.

I can navigate to the stats.dll file and the dll file matches my .libPaths():
"C:/Program Files/R/R-3.6.0/library"

I have uninstalled and reinstalled both R and RStudio (1.2.1335). I have also restarted my computer. Any help or even temporary solutions would be appreciated.

After updating R, have you updated your packages with checkBuilt?


Have you copied the content of your old library folder overwriting the content already present in the new one?

Thanks for responding. We uninstalled R and deleted everything before reinstalling it so there was no library folder to overwrite. The code you submitted kicked off a few updates but the error is still present.

On occasion, library load errors can be due to a PATH environment variable set such that other libraries are not found in the location they're expected to be found.

What is the output of:


(Just in case stats.dll is on the PATH for some reason, provided by a different application)


You totally nailed it! I had a typo in one of my PATH variables. Thank you for your help!

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