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More on .DLL Files

Friday, July 6th, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

More on .DLL Files

Often times, the different programs you install on the Windows system share one or more .dll files between them. Now, in case you’re not sure, .dll files contain code and data, which are used by multiple programs on any computer. This is a very smart way of doing things, however, at times when you uninstall one particular program, a .dll file that it shares with another program might also be incorrectly removed. This is a strict “no no,” as this little missing file will give you the “Missing .dll File” error, which can cause a lot of different programs to stop working.

This happens, because the other programs that use the shared file will continue to look for the missing .dll. This usually happens during the startup process, causing them to crash and you just end up with a lot of useless frustration. Reinstalling a program usually rectifies this problem, but this can also be avoided by just reinstalling the one .dll file that has gone missing. Today, I will briefly discuss how you can reinstall any missing .dll files. Let’s go!

Step one is to get ahold of the file that has gone missing. There are a lot of resources online where you can download the .dll files you need to install. Some of the popular ones are, and These Web sites maintain a comprehensive database of useful .dll files that users can download in times of a PC crisis.

Now, once you download the .dll files, you’ll need to uncompress that in the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder. (You can get there by going to My Computer, C: drive and so on). Next, click the Start button and go to Run or you can press the Windows key + R. Either way, the Run box should pop up. Now, say you want to install a .dll file named “run32.dll.” In that case, type in “regsvr32 run32.dll” and press Enter. You can follow that same example for any .dll file you need to find.

So, it’s essentially “regsvr32” with the name of the .dll file inserted in. If the file has been installed properly, you will see a box telling you that everything has gone well.

To summarize once again:

1.) Download the required .dll files that are missing.

2.) Extract it to the C:\WINDOWS\system32 folder.

3.) Execute the “regsrv32″ command by using the Run dialogue box.

This is a nifty little trick that will save you from having to reinstall all your .dll sharing programs all over again. Go on and give it a try!

~ Yogesh Bakshi

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