Monday, July 11, 2011

Steps To Resolve Frustrating DLL Errors

Computers have been one of the most useful tools mankind has ever invented. From very large sized machines at the time of its introduction, computers have now become very compact and user friendly. This makes most computer users confident of using computers.

Unfortunately, the error reporting mechanism of computers has not evolved to become user friendly for amateur computer users. You still encounter many error messages which may appear like an alien language to you. These errors may cause frustration, anger or even panic if you are working on a tight deadline.

One such error which you are likely to encounter on a PC running the Windows operating system is a DLL error. If you have been using computers for some time now, you may have noticed error messages popping up on your machine informing you of a particular DLL error. A common user when facing such an error may panic and reboot their computer in the hope that the error may go away. However, it is better if you understand the cause of such errors and easy ways to resolve them.

DLL refers to Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are an important part of an application or program and are vital for their proper functioning. Also, at times you may have DLL files that are shared among more than one program. A DLL error may be caused due to one of the following reasons:
  1. Removal of an important DLL file by mistake.
  2. Attempt to install an application comprising a corrupt DLL file.
  3. Problems in your hard disk.
  4. New DLL files overwriting the old files that may be incompatible with your already existing programs.
  5. Infection by spyware or virus.
There are numerous ways to resolve DLL errors. Whenever your PC warns you of a DLL error, usually it displays the name of the specific DLL file such as xvidcore.dll, msvcr71.dll or msvcrt.dll that has become corrupt or has been deleted. You can note down the file name and perform a search for this DLL file on the internet. By downloading this file and replacing the old one, you may rectify the problem.

Another easy method to correct the DLL error may be to perform a system restore. Make sure to set the date of the system restore to the day before you started encountering this error. If the DLL error does not allow your PC to start, just restart your PC in Safe mode and start system restore.

 In case you encounter a DLL error just after you have installed a new program, you should uninstall the program and see if the error goes away. If it does, you should contact the manufacturer of the program and seek technical support to resolve the issue.

It is important to mention that trying to repair DLL errors can be cumbersome and even risky at times. Therefore, a popular way to repair DLL errors is to use a registry cleaner tool. This tool will help you look for invalid DLL entries in the registry and repair them.

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