The Microsoft BUILD convention is finally behind us, but with the recent announcement of the new Windows 8 boot process, many developers of 3rd party software and hardware have returned worried.
Microsoft seems to be doing away with the BIOS it has relied on since day one. Instead, Windows 8 PCs will rely on an implementation of UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), claiming that it is more flexible and programmable than soon to be decedent BIOS. The UEFI will liaise between the Windows 8 operating system and the firmware.
Knowing exactly what caused your DLL file to go missing or to become corrupted makes the process of fixing the problem that much easier. Generally, there are several ways you can repair a DLL error. Keep reading to learn how you can troubleshoot DLL errors yourself!
1) Reboot Your PC Properly
Believe it or not, this actually works in most cases, because it gives your system the opportunity to reopen necessary files, including the DLLs required by your system and the software you are running on it. Always restart your computer properly, whenever possible.
Websites that allow easy downloads of single DLL files seem like the answer you’ve been looking for when you get one of those annoying “DLL not found” or “DLL is missing” errors.
Consider this your fair warning – DLL download sites should always be avoided, even though they sometimes provide a quick fix. There are perfectly safe and acceptable ways of fixing DLL problems without resorting to downloading individual DLL files from these sites.
There are a number of reasons that you may end up paying more for your easy solution than you might have thought so check out these very important reasons to avoid downloading dll files.
This month, since we’re looking into DLL errors – we’ve compiled some statistics on the average number of DLL files that Reimage replaced (per operating system, in the last 6 months) and compared it to the number of system DLL files present on each operating system. This bar graph also shows you the percentage of system DLL files Reimage replaced, out of the whole.
Your Guide to DLL’s & DLL Errors
What is a DLL Error?
A DLL error is the most common Windows error. You’ve likely had a message pop up, at least once or twice, informing you that a DLL error has occurred. If you’re like a lot of people, you probably shut your computer down and rebooted, hoping the problem had gone away. But, what exactly is a DLL error, and how does it affect your computer?
A 5-Point Checklist
1. Thoroughly Review Seals and Awards
Are there security seals? Click on them!
- Are they not clickable? – They may not be clickable in the product’s ad (a banner, etc.) -but should be on the company’s web site.
- Clickable? Review the page that opens and check if it describes the certification of the exact same web site domain that you just came from.
Do you see an award seal or is an award mentioned?
- A company that received an important award will always be glad to give you a direct link to read more about it.
1) Try Safe Mode First
When your PC just won’t boot into Windows at all, you’ll probably want to start off with Safe Mode—use the F8 key right when the system starts up to access the menu and see if Windows will boot into Safe Mode. If you’re able to get into Windows, the problem is likely something that would load only when you boot normally—graphics card drivers, junk applications, or perhaps some spy ware applications.
If Safe Mode Doesn’t Work
One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let’s take a look at the real problem and how to fix it.
Let’s talk a little bit about “Windows rot” and how to solve the problem. Windows doesn’t slow down or “rot” if you were to just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these tips, and you won’t have to waste your precious time spend hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications.
These are 3 things about your PC that will raise your hair on end:
- Your computer’s operating system begins to “rot” the minute you start working on it
- Viruses leave damage on your operating system, even after they are deleted
- Moving files and folders rearranges the “logic” of your computer, resulting in instability and crashes
However, the good news is Reimage’s online PC repair program deals directly with all 3 problems!
What does it diagnose?
- Performance & stability problems
- Security issues
- Windows “rot”
How does it work?
Here’s a bar graph depicting the number of registry keys and values in your Windows registry, per operating system. See how many your operating system configuration has when it’s freshly installed.
Now look at how many registry keys Reimage resets during a repair, on average.
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What is Reimage?
It's not only a registry fix, PC optimizer or an anti virus - The Reimage program reverses damage to your Windows OS, eliminating the need for reinstalling.
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