Out of the many annoyances that pop up while the computer is in use, the mysterious “missing DLL file” error stands out to be a problem that gives regular users a tough time in fixing. Many times, the filename in question is unfamiliar and nowhere to be seen. Even when you try reinstalling your operating system, still the annoying error reoccurs. If you’re suffering from this situation, consider the following possible causes of these DLL errors.
Possible causes of DLL errors
1. A program folder containing shared DLL files was improperly deleted.
2. Certain shared DLL files were agreed to be removed during the uninstallation of the program
3. A virus or trojan deleted or infected the shared DLL file.
4. DLL file is corrupted due to hard disk surface error
5. A new program installation conflicted an existing program resulting in the DLL link to go missing
6. Incorrect DLL version detected
7. Corresponding DLL registry entry got corrupted
No matter what the causes are, there are a few useful solutions in fixing this problem.
Step1: Reinstalling the programs affected
If the DLL error comes from a 3rd party software, try to reinstall it, uninstall it, and then finally installing it again. Some applications save you the trouble from doing that by including a “Repair” option when you try to uninstall it. Try this method first because reinstallations replenish any missing files that may have been skipped during the installation.
Step 2: Searching for the lost DLL file
If the error message was kind enough to inform what DLL file was missing, then perhaps a sure way to fix the problem is by searching for a fresh copy. There are 3 good ways to do this and should be tried in order.
1. Find it on your local disk
Sometimes the DLL file may be found on other program folders and can be copied to the location where it was reported missing. This is easy because Windows has a built-in search function where you can find a certain filename. Simply fire up the “Search” from your “Start” menu and type in the filename and make sure hidden files and system files are included in the search. You can then click the “Search” button at let Windows do its work. If you find it, that’s a good thing; place it in the program folder of the program that caused the error or if uncertain, place the DLL in the “Windows” folder or the “system32” folder found inside. Remember where you placed it in case it doesn’t work. After that, reboot and see if the problem is solved. If not, it could be a version mismatch of the DLL.
2. Copy it from a networked computer
If you have a computer running on the same OS or having a similar set of programs installed, do a search in that computer and see if any luck can be made. If not proceed to the next step.
3. Retrieve it online
There are several DLL database sites that offer unmodified DLL files. If you plan to do this, make sure you get the correct DLL file that corresponds to your Windows version. Don’t download a Vista DLL file to fix your corrupted Windows XP DLL issues as it may cause unpredictable problems. Don’t forget to restart when testing whether or not it