DLL files, what are they, and why did I get the error?
Did you get an error message stating that a DLL file could not be found when you started or shut down your PC? And now you’re wondering just what a DLL file is and why did I get the message. And most likely how do I fix this problem?
What is a DLL file?
First off it would be a good idea to know what the files are and why you need them. DLL stands for Dynamic Link Library and is a file type that contains instructions that programs call upon to do certain things like finding a file in a particular directory, print a page, find free space on a drive, and so on.
These files come in handy because several programs can share access to them and even access them at the same time. This eliminates the need for programs to incorporate them into their code which will save them from using up more memory space on your PC seeing that they don’t need them at all times.
DLL’s files come in handy because they allow a program to be able to update parts of the program without having to rebuild the whole thing. DLL files, for the most part, will use the extension “.DLL” but occasionally they may use “DRV, OCX, or CPL”.
A lot of DLL files are added from Windows Operating System and you will see some third-party programs that will install them along with the original program.
So why do they go missing or can’t be found?
Well, the cause can be related to something as simple as removing a program or installing a new program, it might also be from a corrupt disk, a bad sector, registry error, and so on.
Sometimes you might be able to just restart your PC to correct the issue and other time you will have to reload the DLL file itself to fix the problem.
Do not use DLL download sites to fix your problem!
Now before we go too much further here, it will be in your best interest not to Google the missing DLL file to find a download site for that DLL file.
Why, well because these download sites are not approved by the original program developers such as Microsoft.
They may even come with malware, a virus, or PUP and are very seldom updated, which will just cause you more problems down the road.
And for the most part, if you download just a single DLL file to correct the problem, all you will be doing is putting a band-aid on to fix the problem, the root of the error is still there and hasn’t really been fixed. So above all else don’t use these sites.
How do we fix the Error?
First off if you have already downloaded a DLL file, you should delete it from where ever you put it if you don’t know then head over to “File Explorer” and in the search bar enter the DLL files name that you want to delete.
- Restart: The first thing you want to do is to restart your system, a lot of times, after all, it is always the first thing to try for any type of errors you may be having with your system
- Run a Malware Scan: Sometimes this can take care of your problem due to a malware that is screwing with your system by acting as a DLL file.
- Reinstall the Program: If you know which program is associated with the missing DLL file try uninstalling the program and then reinstall it. Most of the time this will help because it will reload the missing file.
- Update Drivers: For example, a missing DLL file error comes up when you go to print something. This could be related your printer’s software so by updating or reinstall it could fix the problem.
- Run the sfc /scannow: Running this command will scan your system files for any missing or corrupt system files and fix the ones it finds. To do this open your administrator command prompt and enter “sfc /scannow”. This could take up to 20 minutes to run, so be patient.
- Windows Update: Check to see if there are any current updates that are waiting to be installed, it might just have an update to one of the many DLL files.
- Repair Windows: Run the Windows Recovery program to reset your PC. This is located in “Settings > Update & Security > Recovery” and you can choose to keep or files or do a “Clean install” which will reset your entire system.
Wrapping This Up.
As you can see there are ways to find out what is causing the missing or damaged DLL file. And once you know, you can go through a few steps to fix the problem correctly. By doing this you can avoid downloading a DLL file which may contain malware, pup, or a virus.
Doing that would only be putting a band-aid on a problem that isn’t fixed, causing more headaches down the road, which you want to avoid so you don’t have to stress (as we all know PCs can be stress full when not running well). 😊
How about you, have you run into this problem? Did you get it fixed?
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