Jan 31, 2011
Valerie Hayworth

10 Simple Tips For Fixing DLL Errors

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.

Obviously, if your system has hung or crashed then this may not be an option for you. While it may only be a quick fix and not the most ideal solution, attempting to reopen applications in a different order may prevent the DLL problem from occurring again.

2) Restart the Program Properly

Close down all open applications after saving your existing work. Attempt to open the applications again and doing the same things you were doing when the problem started. This provides your system and the software with the opportunity to open properly and can genuinely improve your chances of a trouble free session.

3) Try System Restore

Another simple, though sometimes frustrating, way to correct a problem with a DLL file is to initiate a system restore. Set the restore date to before you started experiencing the DLL file problem.

Sometimes, however, a DLL file error will make it impossible for your computer to start. If that’s the case, simply start your computer in safe mode then you can run the system restore.

4) Uninstall/Reinstall the Program Causing Your DLL Problem

If you notice that the DLL file error message started popping up after you installed a new program, try uninstalling that program. Does the DLL file error go away? If so, you’re going to need to contact the software manufacturer’s technical support for guidance on how to get the program running properly.

Reinstalling will remove some of the files or DLLs that have become corrupt or problematic in any way and replace them with genuine, clean versions. This may not be the case for those DLLs that are stored as part of the Windows operating system, however.

5) Update the Program Causing Your DLL Problem

Software updates are usually available from the vendor’s or publisher’s website. These updates may contain critical file updates and so should be one of your first steps. Most applications include an automatic updater, but whether you choose to use this automated system or manually install updates as and when they become available, ensure that you do download the latest patches and updates. These may contain newer and more efficient versions of DLLs that you need.

6) Update Your Hardware Drivers

As well as updating the software, update any drivers for attached hardware or peripherals. Where appropriate you may want to attempt to update with the latest firmware for those accessories that have it. Both of these methods are likely to introduce the most recent changes to the hardware you use. Because DLLs are sometimes used in conjunction with hardware and peripherals this simple technique may prevent a lot of headache.

7) Reinstall the Missing/Damaged DLL File

We don’t recommend this; continue reading to find out why.

8 ) Reinstall The Windows Operating System

To make these methods easier and more successful, there are certain other methods that can be used for rectifying this error. One method is by reinstalling Windows. However, it is necessary to make sure that during the Windows reinstallation process, program settings are neither lost nor damaged in any manner.

After the reinstallation is done, you can reinstall the program(s) that was not working previously and was causing the DLL error.

9) Keep Windows Updated

Like the software on your system, the Windows operating system also has regular updates. By default, when you install the Windows operating system, you will be informed of any new updates or patches. You will also be given the opportunity to install them onto your computer. Windows updates include vital patches, as well as security installations that are required to plug any holes left by earlier version of the operating system.

10) Use Your System File Checker (SFC)

The other method is the System File Checker (SFC) feature that can be used for repairing the damage that a corrupted file has caused. There are two methods in which this feature can be used for tackling the DLL error trouble.

The first method involves the use of this feature before the installation of any software on the system. The System File Checker will scan the computer disk to check the system files that are on the system and make a list of these files. Whenever the system will indicate towards a DLL error, SFC can be used for detected the files that have been corrupted or changed in any manner. This way the effected file(s) can be easily found and fixed.

The other method in which SFC can be used is for extracting the relevant data from the Cabinet files. These Cabinet files are an extension in Windows. They contain all the system files of a computer system in a compressed form. So, SFC can easily extract system files from these Cabinet files to replace the corrupted applications on the system.

Let Reimage Handle The Task For Your Peace Of Mind

Sure, you can spend countless hours trying to figure out how to repair your error but wouldn’t it save time to have an automatic program do it?

A DIY (or do-it-yourself) method requires that you search for the missing or corrupted DLL and download it from a website. Not all websites are trustworthy and you run the very real risk of potentially installing a virus or spyware riddled DLL onto your system, giving you a whole new PC problem. If you find a clean and uncorrupted DLL file, you’ll have to try to install it and this is something best done by professional technicians or a professional PC Repair program.

The recommended solution is to use the Reimage professional Windows system repair software which runs a deep scan of your Windows system, finds and automatically fixes corrupted, malfunctioning and missing DLLs and replaces them with fresh new files compatible to your specific OS configuration. Reimage is the only program that has over 25,000,000 files in a repository and actually fixes your corrupted, malfunctioning and missing files. Run Reimage repair now to get a free PC report to see what PC problems you have and also get a free spyware and virus scan.

Reimage increases performance, stops computer freezing and system crashes as well as improves overall PC stability. With regular use, Reimage will constantly refresh your operating system which will keep your computer running at its best. Reimage is a fast, easy and safe solution to fixing DLL and Windows errors.

Reimage and DLL Errors

  • Reimage will replace your missing/damaged DLL files with fresh, clean and up-to-date ones
  • Reimage will replace ALL DLL files that are missing and/or damaged – Even those you don’t know about!

Some Simple DLL Error Prevention Tactics

Installing/Uninstalling Programs

Don’t install and uninstall programs any more often than you have to.

In other words, unless you are certain that the program that you are about to install is one that you are going to use and keep, do not install it!

Do be extra careful when uninstalling programs from your machine.

For example, if you have ever uninstalled programs, you have probably seen a message telling you that the program is going to uninstall ABC.dll as part of the process, after which, it asks you whether it should go ahead and do so.

Most computer users will always assume that the PC ‘knows’ what it’s doing, and so, just let it go with it!

Don’t make this mistake! The PC does NOT know what it is doing, otherwise, why is it asking you?

If it tells you that it is about to uninstall a DLL,

Do find out what that DLL actually does before giving your PC the go-ahead! (check out Microsoft’s own site for the answer to this question, or run a search on Google).


  • DLL repair via re-installation presumes that you can boot the machine. Sometimes you can’t.

  • If I don” t know what it is, I cant comment about it

  • [...] These are only some of the more recognizable problems that can occur with your system associated with DLLs. There are many other problems that may manifest themselves in different ways. System crashes, the blue screen of death, and software that freezes may also be indicative that you have a problem with a DLL file somewhere within your system. Typically, each problem has its own resolution but there are certain things you can do to attempt to resurrect your computer from these errors. [...]

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