Troubleshooting DLL Errors Fast

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Are you getting a DLL error when you go to open a program? Or a warning that says your records are missing or corrupted? These warnings are typical for Windows users, and are easy to fix. A DLL error stands for Dynamic Link Library, and the error relates to missing or incomplete programs.

What Causes DLL Errors?

DLL errors can be caused by uninstalled software you intended to remove. When you use the Windows Uninstall function (Start -> Control Panel -> Add Or Remove Programs), sometimes the uninstall procedure should get rid of a file that other software use to operate normally. Additionally, a bad software set up can cause files to be corrupted, even before you use the software.

It’s feasible to replace the missing information that Windows mistakenly deleted. The simplest way to do this, is to reinstall the deleted program, then uninstall it again — and select ‘no to all’ when you see the dialogue box that asks to delete the data related to your operating system or various programs. This should restore the missing files and patch the DLL error.

If you get a DLL error when you install a new application, this usually indicates the program has been updated by the manufacturer. The best way to fix this is to go to the program’s website, and search for  a software upgrade or new version of the program to install.

Troubleshooting DLL Errors

If these measures don’t work, you can restore your OS files to an earlier date with System Restore. Push Start -> Accessories -> System Properties -> System Restore, and follow the prompts in the box to complete the job.

Spyware and Adware

Spyware is a cookie intended to invade your hard drive and deliver individual information or browsing history to a 3rd party, without you realizing. If you have DLL errors, it’s feasible this is a symptom of Adware or a virus that is deleting parts of applications. If this is the case, a good choice is to download a hard drive scan and examine if you have been targeted by Spy ware.

Clear your registry

The registry is like a library, keeping your computer’s applications and info. With time, as programs are added and removed, and regular applications opened much more frequently than others, your registry becomes  disorganized with files scattered everywhere. An old or cluttered registry can lead to crashes and DLL errors. A software registry cleaner will identify and repair DLL errors without needing to reinstall files.

About the author: Brad Glover writes software reviews for his blog. Windows registry cleaner users are leaving comments all the time. Have a look at the best — and worst — user-rated registry cleaners at Registry Cleaner Win.


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