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Windows users experience a lot of errors associated with data storage, and they can be very frustrating. Missing DLL files is a common error experienced by windows users, and it is one of the most disturbing. This tutorial will help you solve this issue, all you need to do is, read and follow all the steps that I am about to show you.
What are DLL Files?
DLL files are the external parts of an application that usually runs on the operating system of your PC, they are the packs of code which an application relay on. The full meaning of DLL is “Dynamic Link Libraries”. They contain both static and dynamic links. Static links are the set of links that remains constant, while dynamic links are the links that changes for different purpose.
How does this error occur?
The applications you use on your system are not totally independent, and cannot function properly without these codes stored in DLL files. Whenever they need these codes, the file holding the code is located, loaded into the memory of the system and used. If the software is not able to find the concerned DLL file, due to the file being corrupted, deleted or some other reasons, you may receive an error message saying “DLL file is missing” or “The DLL file is not found”. DLL errors cause several malfunctions and initiates other computer errors which in turn gives you difficulties when starting up your system.
Fixing “DLL files missing” error
Before you think of fixing the error, the first step is to note down the error message source. This would make it easier to identify the DLL file.
The next step is to scan for malware. This may solve your problem at an instance, as your DLL file may be corrupt with malware. Some malware programs like, trojans, worms, spyware etc. corrupts your DLL files by inserting incorrect codes or totally deleting the correct codes. You can do this using Windows Defenders.
Fixing the error using Windows Defender
- Go to your menu and search for windows defender.
- Click the History tab
- Click on view details.
- You will see the name of the malware, and the date it was discovered.
- Clear all malware by clicking> Remove all
Perform a full system restore
If you still encounter DLL error message, you should perform a full system restore. You might have made some incorrect changes to a critical windows file. Restoring your computer to an earlier date would resolve the issue. Here are the steps to follow;
- Press F8 when your computer is booting to start your computer in safe mode.
- Select the safe mode
- Go to your menu, and search for command prompt.
- Type this command in your command prompt interface “exe”.
- Press enter
- A new dialog will pop up, with the name Windows System Restore Wizard> click on
- Now select the date you want to restore to on the restore points. Then press Next.
- Click on Finish.
- Log back into your PC normally.