What are DLL files and where to find them?
DLL errors are common these days when someone installs an application and it doesn’t run properly. When you try to start an application it gives you an error saying that a DLL file is missing (eg. xinput1_3.dll). There are ways to solve these errors but first, let’s get to know what a DLL file exactly is and why is it so important.
What is DLL?
DLL is an abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. When you run a program on a Windows operating system, much of the functionality of that program is provided by a DLL file. The basic aim of DLL files is that it allows multiple programs to use their information at the same time which leads to conservation of memory. The use of DLLs helps promote modularization of code, code reuse, efficient memory usage, and reduced disk space. Therefore, the operating system and the programs load faster, run faster, and take less disk space on the computer.
The format of DLL and EXE files are the same for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows (portable executable). The use of DLLs helps promote modularization of code, code reuse, efficient memory usage, and reduced disk space. Therefore, the operating system and the programs load faster, run faster, and take less disk space on the computer.
Why are you seeing a DLL file missing error?
The DLL missing error can appear in any version of Windows including Windows XP and Windows 10.
If any one of the programs or a DLL uses a DLL function in another DLL, a dependency is created. This means that the program is no longer self-contained, and the program may experience problems if the dependency is broken. A program might not run if-
- A dependent DLL is upgraded to a new version.
- A dependent DLL is fixed.
- A dependent DLL is overwritten with an earlier version.
- A dependent DLL is removed from the computer.
These actions are generally known as DLL conflicts.
Where to find DLL files?
Basically, you can find these files on the web as well as on your PC. The application that shows an error about the DLL files missing will probably start running once you copy paste the DLL file in the applications directory. In some cases, it requires reinstallation of that application. The DLL files are stored on your PC at
This PC (My Computer) > Windows OS (C:) > Windows > System32
You can also find some of these missing files on the web. Here are some of the websites where you can find them:
However, most of the tech experts out there don’t suggest that you download DLL files from such websites. You don’t know whats really in that file, it could be a virus or some random file that compromises your PC’s security. The safer way is to try the conventional methods and save yourself from all the risk. Try the steps given below to ensure that you get proper DLL files from trusted sources.
Methods to solve your error
Follow these methods to try and solve your error:
- Try restarting your PC. Sometimes a simple restart is all you need as the error you are facing could be temporary.
- Open up your command prompt(admin) by pressing Win+X and type in “sfc /scannow”. This command will replace and repair the corrupt or missing files from your computer and is one of the best ways to solve this problem. P.S.: You can use the Windows Powershell option as well if you can’t see the Command Prompt option.
- Look for the system as well as software updates. The updates could be one way to fix your errors. Or you can just reinstall the software that’s giving you the error.
- Scan for malware and virus. Some viruses or malware may mask and show themselves as false DLL files which could be causing the problem.
- There’s another command that you can use. The deployment image and servicing tool, DISM. Type in this command “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth”.
That’s it and I hope that you have solved your problem. If this guide helped you then do share it with your friends.
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