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September 26, 2009

Steps To Follow When Dealing With DLL Errors

Most computer users become nervous and react in a complete disorganized manner when they come across an error message. Their first thought might be to immediately restart the computer and hope the error goes away. By this time, most users might be in a panic state, especially if they have an important deadline looming over their heads. However, this is not how it ought to be.

First of all, we have to accept that our computers are important tools but that they may suffer from problems from time to time. We can take the necessary steps to avoid problems, but we can’t eliminate them totally. Computer problems will happen no matter how much we try to avoid them. What we can do is to behave in a logical manner without panicking when errors happen and approach the problem in a step by step manner in order to confront problems as they occur.

Here are some of the common causes and the steps you may take to fix common errors related to DLL or Dynamic Link Library files in Windows:

  • There is an issue with the application that generated the error. If the error appears when you attempt to use a particular application, there might be some problem with its program files. In this case, use the Add or Remove Programs utility or a good third-party program uninstaller tool to remove this program and then reinstall it on your computer. While reinstalling, ensure that the installation files you are using are complete and there are no problems with the media on which they are stored. If a Windows DLL file such as msvcrt.dll goes missing, you may restore it from the Windows setup disk to resolve the error.

  • One or more DLL files get deleted by mistake. DLL errors may occur when one or more required DLL files get deleted. This may happen either through user error or when you uninstall an application. If the file is deleted due to user error, check your Recycle Bin to see if the file is there. If you find it, restore it to resolve the error. If you have already emptied the Recycle Bin, you may use a recovery tool to get your file back. If incorrect program uninstallation is behind the error, you may reinstall this application to restore any required file this process would have removed from your computer.

  • Your PC is infected with malware. Many computer errors, such as the rundll error, occur when your PC is infected by some type of virus. In this case, you must use a good virus and spyware scanner tool and perform a full system scan to detect and eliminate malware from your computer.

  • DLL entries in the Registry are corrupt or missing. All DLL files make an entry in the Windows registry. Errors related to DLL files, such as wmp.dll may occur if they are not registered in the registry. If this is the case, use the regsvr2 FullPathtoDLL to register the DLL file. You may also use a good registry tool to detect incorrect DLL entries and fix them.


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