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18 January 2008 @ 11am


How to Fix DLL Errors ?

Why DLL Errors Occur

There are numerous causes for DLL errors, and as such a multitude ways to fix DLL errors depending, in large part, on the cause. Most often, DLL errors arise after one or more DLL files have either been modified (such as: overwritten or corrupted) or erased.
DLL files are typically shared, meaning that more than one program uses it to hold pertinent routine procedures and settings information. Uninstalling one program, therefore, can detrimentally affect another program as any DLL files they share may be deleted along with the uninstalled program.
Another way DLL errors occur is by a new program or program update being installed with a new or conflicting version of that shared DLL file overwriting it.

To Fix DLL Errors You Must First Know What It Is

To properly and effectively fix DLL errors, you must first know the nature of the error and the affected DLL file. To find out the nature of the error, perform a web search for the exact DLL error name and description that has appeared on your screen. To find the affected DLL file or files, perform the following steps:

1.    Go to System Tools
2.    Go to System Information
3.    Run MSINFO32.exe (if you cannot locate it, then:
•    Open your Start menu
•    Click Run
•    Type in “MSINFO32.EXE” and press Enter
4.    Open the Tools menu
5.    Select the System File Checker
6.    Click Scan for altered files
7.    BEFORE PRESSING START – go now to Settings
8.    Go to the tab marked Search Criteria
9.    Chose C:\Windows\System from the pane located at the top portion of the dialog box
10.    Click *.dl from the pane labeled files to check
11.    Hit OK
12.    Back once again at the Scan dialog box, click Start

The process your PC will now undergo may take a while. What it is doing, essentially, is reviewing your entire System folder to root out all altered and corrupted DLL files. At the scan’s end, you will be given a list of them all, along with options for you to handle each of them.

How to Fix Errors Caused by Overwriting a DLL File

If you accidentally overwrite a DLL file (or intentionally do it, only to unwittingly cause trouble), you can fix it in one of two ways:

•    If an update is available, update the application you installed;
•    Copy and register onto your system the later (more current) version of the DLL file off of the internet or from a networked computer

If both of those methods fail, you might try using System Restore in order to rollback your PC to an earlier point in time before the error had occurred.

The Best Way to Fix DLL Errors

The foolproof and failsafe method of fixing DLL errors is regularly cleaning your Windows Registry. Although this is difficult to do (and do right) manually, it is easy as can be to run a top-notch registry cleaning program to do it for you. In fact, the best registry cleaners include scheduling features with which you can set regular registry scans and repairs to run automatically in the background at recurring intervals.
In addition to cleaning your Windows registry regularly, it is also worth doing any time that you install or uninstall a program, as these are among the most frequent times when new DLL errors arise.