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9 January 2008 @ 11pm

DLL Repair

How to Perform DLL Repair ?

Identify the Error

DLL files often contain a wide variety of instructions of which most often you will only need one, two, or several at a time. Because of this, the DLL errors you’re faced with are often particular to the program or function being attempted when they occur.
For the best results (and conversely, the least amount of difficulty) in attempting DLL repair, note down as much information about the DLL error in question as you can. At the very least, you should record the following:

•    the name and location of the corrupt DLL file
•    the DLL Error type
•    the program running (or attempting to run) that elicited the problem
•    any other actions you were taking (or trying to take) and/or functions you were performing (or trying to perform) when the error occurred

You should attempt to regenerate the error in order to help determine the exact reason.

DLL Repair Overkill

One broad sweeping method for conducting DLL repair without needing to know anything about the DLL file and DLL error in question, DLL files and DLL errors in general, or much of anything at all about your PC is to reinstall Windows. Of course this is a major undertaking that is rather like getting an organ transplant when all you really need to do is eat right and exercise.
If, however, your DLL problems have simply gotten out of control, starting over with a fresh slate may be the best and easiest solution for you. In such a case, just be sure that no program settings are damaged or lost in any way.
If you can at all avoid having to reinstall Windows, you probably should. And fortunately there are other methods for handling DLL repair to try before you ever have to consider such a drastic “solution”.

The System File Checker (SFC)

A less extensive and more direct method for performing DLL repair is to use the System File Checker (SFC) utility that’s built into Microsoft Windows. There are two ways to use this tool:

1.    Before installing any new software on your system, run the System File Checker utility to scan all the system files on your hard disk and create a list of all of them for you. Save this list. Even better, print it out and keep it somewhere safe. Whenever a DLL error arises, run the SFC utility again and compare your new list against the old one. This will help you quickly identify where the problem files might be located. Once you’ve identified the problem DLL files, you’re more than halfway to fixing them. (Read our related article: “How to Perform a DLL Fix” for details on how to do this)
2.     Alternatively, you can use the SFC to extract any data relevant to the error from your Cabinet Files. Cabinet Files are a Windows extension that contain all of a PC’s system files in compressed form. Extract the related DLL files from these compressed Cabinet files and use them to replace the corresponding corrupted files involved with the error (such as the applications linked to the DLL files in question).

Your Best Bet

For fast and hassle-free DLL repair, however, your best bet is to purchase, install, and run a top quality registry cleaner or registry repair program (two interchangeable names for the same general piece of software technology). Make sure, of course, that the one you select handles DLL repair – though almost all of them do.
Registry repair software was designed by experts to handle the types of problems that confound the average computer user (including this writer). This makes them the safest and most effective method of performing DLL repair – next to paying a professional a ton more money to fix it for you.