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 What is a .dll file?

DLL file is Microsoft's implementation of the shared library concept in the Microsoft Windows and OS/2 operating systems. such as shell32.dll, stores executable code that can be used by various processes or applications simultaneously.

DLL files are binary files that can contain executable code and resources like images, etc. These are not programs that can be directly executed by the user, but an application will load them as and when they are required (or all at once during startup).

 Where are Window DLLs stored?

Windows DLL files are usually stored in the System folder on your Windows computer. The default path to this folder on Windows 7/Vista/XP is c:\windows\system32.

 What are the common DLL error messages that you may come across?

  • <DLL filename> not found.
  • <DLL filename> is missing.
  • This application failed to start, an important component: DLLfilename is missing. Reinstalling the application may fix the error.

 Why do .dll files cause errors?

Mistakenly Deleting a DLL file

This may happen when a program is uninstalled/installed or you have tried to clean up space on the hard disk.

Overwriting DLL file

A recently application installation sometimes overwrites an existing DLL file with an incompatible or invalid DLL file.

Malware Infection

A malicious program has deleted or damaged a DLL file.

DLL file is corrupted or crashed

A bad installation of a program corrupted one or more files causing the .dll errors.

Hardware Malfunction

Malfunctioning hardware such as a bad hard disk drive damaged the data on the drive, cuased the .dll file error.

Corrupted DLL entries in the Windows registry

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