How to Download DLL Files
When to Download DLL Files
There are many instances in which you may want to download DLL files from the internet, most typically:
• When you’re missing a needed DLL file (such as after uninstalling a program and all its related files only to find that a different application you still use requires one of the same DLL files that your uninstall just deleted)
• When your version of a certain DLL file is corrupt for any reason
• When the version of a DLL file you have installed is not the one a particular application requires (such as an older version lacking a new feature or a new version with a needed feature omitted)
• When an improper or incomplete installation of a particular program results in a DLL error message and you no longer have a copy of the original application available to reinstall
Where Do I Find DLL Files to Download
Downloading DLL files is easy, and it’s usually free! The web is saturated with sites offering free DLL downloads. All you need to do is Google the name of the needed DLL file or enter it into your web browser’s search bar (even better if you also add the word “Download” and, if you wish, the word “free”).
Most of the sites you will find will even offer the DLL file you need in a compressed file format for easier and faster downloading. Because of this, make sure that you already have the appropriate de-compressor software (such as WinZip, WinRar, or StuffIt Expander) installed on your PC so that you can then open and use the file. Most decent DLL download sites will have links to the relevant compression program for you to download if you don’t have the one you need.
The name of the DLL file you need should be apparent from the error message you’ve been given prompting you to begin your search. But the name isn’t the only piece of information you’ll need. Read on…
How to Download DLL Files
In the case of a corrupt DLL file, note down, in addition to the filename of the DLL file you require, the location of the corrupted file, as this is where you will need to place the new, uncorrupted DLL download.
Before initiating the download, make a copy of the corrupted file and move it to a safe place (like your Desktop or My Documents folder), in case you need to retrieve it later for any reason.
In the case of a missing DLL, there are a couple of likely candidates for the proper location in which to place it:
• If it’s a DLL file directly related to a specific application then place it in the given application’s Program Files folder
• If it’s a DLL file related to multiple applications or your Windows system in general then place it where the rest of your system DLL files are located, typically
o “C:\Windows\System\” (Windows 98 and XP)
o “C:\WINNT\System\” (Windows 2000)
o ” C:\Windows\System32\” (Windows Vista)
Use Your Discretion
There are many websites you can visit that will let you download DLL files for free, and not all of them are built the same. Though many of these sites are perfectly reputable, some are harbingers of spyware, viruses, and other malware.
To be sure that you don’t fall prey to a purveyor of malware under the guise of a legitimate DLL download site, do your due diligence researching any site before consenting to receive a download from it.
Even after you’ve researched DLL download sites and found the one (or ones) you feel comfortable using, make sure you have your security software (like Norton Anti-Virus) enabled before actually initiating any download.
Remember “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and “better safe than sorry”.