DLL Fix Tips: Repairing Missing, Faulty or Corrupted Files

by Rod Dunne on December 10, 2010

in Articles, Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

DLL Fix Tips - Repairing Missing, Faulty Or Corrupted Files Using PC Repair Software.
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A dynamic link library (DLL) can go missing or become corrupted as a result of damage caused by viruses or changes to the OS/applications, so simply downloading a new/replacement version of the file may not always fix the problem. This article looks at different PC repair techniques for performing a DLL fix.

A DLL file is really just a type of program file used to encapsulate a selection of method calls that can be used by third party applications and operating system programs. It can become damaged due to being overwritten, or seem to be damaged if documents that reference it (e.g. the Windows registry) develop faults. In fact, it is common to have to fix missing DLL files exceptions by simply resolving DLL address problems within the registry.

Fix faulty and missing DLL files relating to applications

If you have done some research on the web and identified that the DLL file is related to one single application then there are some additional ways you can repair the fault. First, try installing the latest update for the application. Program updates invariably includes DLL files as they (the DLLs) change quite often.

Alternatively, you could try reinstalling the program once again. This is, in a sense, a free registry fix as it will rewrite the DLL files onto your hard drive afresh and overwrite registry settings relating to the application.

Fix DLL files relating to the OS

You could try to fix DLL files associated with the operating system by running the Windows update and using the Device Manager utility to update device drivers. If you are already doing this on a regular basis then it will probably have less chance of succeeding. This approach is similar to the application updates; however, it unfortunately has less chance of success due to the fact that OS patch updates cannot always include the large volume of DLL files which are installed on your PC.

Users of Windows 2000/XP could also try using the System File Checker (sfc.exe) utility which can identify if there is corruption to DLLs are any documents missing, and subsequently try an appropriate DLL fix.

A last resort DLL fix

As a final option, you could try running the System Restore application provided with the Windows operating system (under accessories > system tools). This application maintains date stamped copies of your operating system programs and the Windows registry. The application allows you to rollback to an earlier version of these OS files in order to rectify faults.

This approach has a good chance of succeeding if the DLL issue relates to Windows registry files. However, it has no chance of success if the DLL file itself is missing.

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