How To Perform a DLL Fix ?
Back Up – Before You Do Anything Else
Before you take any measures to perform a DLL fix, make a copy of it and save it in a location you’ll remember in case you need to retrieve it later. It may sound unlikely, but it’s entirely possible that you may need to reinstall that very DLL file. For example some application may later require an instruction unique to that DLL file that isn’t present in your “fixed” version.
Whatever the reason, keeping a copy of the “broken” DLL file on your hard drive (say, in your My Documents folder or on your desktop) could potentially save you a lot of further headache later on.
Different Versions of DLL Files
One of the primary causes of DLL errors is an incorrect version of the DLL file needed being loaded. As DLL files, like applications, are constantly being upgraded and improved, this kind of problem can happen quite frequently.
Even though most DLL files are backwards compatible with earlier versions, they may sometimes be missing a particular element or feature needed by the application calling them up. In such cases, you may need to download and install several versions (whether earlier or later) of said DLL file in order to find the one that does the job.
The Obvious DLL Fix
The easiest solution to fixing a corrupt DLL file is simply to reinstall it. Do a web search for the same DLL file online. Chances are you’ll be able to find it and download it for free. Then delete the corrupt DLL file (after you’ve made that all-important backup) and replace it with this new one.
So long as you put it in the right place on your machine (note where the corrupt DLL file was located and put the new one there), this may save your problem right there. However, not all websites are equally trustworthy, and some sources of free DLL downloads may bundle spyware or even viruses in with the download – so be careful.
Before you try deleting and reinstalling the DLL file in question, then, consider the following alternative measures you can take instead to fix the problem yourself.
Before Deleting and Reinstalling a DLL File
First, close down all applications open on your system. Then try and reopen only the application that presented you with the problem and perform the same exact actions you performed when you were first presented with the problem). Sometimes this alone can is all the DLL fix you need, as the problem may have been caused by nothing other than one too many programs (or just the wrong program) running on your system at once.
If it still doesn’t work then restart your computer and try the same method again.
If this quick DLL fix still doesn’t work then you may find the information in our follow up article: “How to Perform DLL Repair?” useful.