Topic: Top Tips For Troubleshooting DLL Errors
Keywords: DLL, errors
A dynamic link library or DLL file is a type of file containing ‘instructions’ for other programs, allowing them to perform certain tasks. This essentially allows more than one program to share similar abilities programmed into a single file.
The DLL error?
Much like any component of Windows, DLL files are prone to errors. DLL errors are considered relatively tricky to fix, since they can happen due to a number of factors.
Windows harbors an incredible amount of DLL files, making fixing any corrupted file tricky. Even attempting to fix one DLL error can cause another to ‘break,’ making the process more of a pain than a relief.
Despite that, there are many ways to troubleshoot the average DLL error. Here, we’re going to look at several ways to troubleshoot and fix DLL errors.
One more thing – it’s highly recommended to avoid downloading any type of DLL file to fix missing and/or corrupted DLL files. DLL files up for download are likely to be malicious or harmful, turning a simple error into a bigger problem.
Top tips for troubleshooting tricky DLL errors
1. Run a malware scan
Malware infections involve malicious programs can alter the code and/or data embedded within the files. When this happens, the errors start happening when one or more programs start ‘calling upon’ the infected file. Running a malware scan with a malware scanner or anti-virus program can determine if such malicious files are the cause of the errors.
2. Reinstall programs associated with the DLL error
Sometimes, specific applications or programs can cause DLL errors. When this happens, the involved DLL file may be missing and/or corrupt, potentially causing problems with one or more associated files. To correct this, simply uninstall and reinstall the program.
Sometimes, a shared DLL can be removed if a specific program removes the file while being uninstalled. If this happens, use System Restore to restore your computer back to its state before the installation; alternatively, try reinstalling the program to see if it might replace file with a new version.
3. Update Windows and its associated software and driver files
Sometimes, outdated Windows files can cause DLL errors to occur. To correct these errors, most can simply update their Windows files through Windows Update. To address the software and the drivers, head to their official website to update the software and/or driver files, as some programs don’t have automatic update options.
4. Clean your system registry
Your system registry contains many files associated with running Windows, including the DLL files themselves. Cleaning the registry can help remove extraneous files that cause the system to experience DLL errors.
Programs like CCleaner are excellent tools used to clean out a computer’s registry. Always backup your registry before cleaning and removing files when prompted by the program.