Do you encounter error messages related to DLL file every time you perform a particular action on your computer like launching a particular program? Or your application crashes every time you use a particular program? Then this may be due to DLL errors!
DLL stands for "Dynamic Link Library", and these files are used for packaging the code so that it can be shared with other programs. Usually these are application files are similar to .exe file and have .dll extension. Some of these DLL files are unique to an application and some are the core .DLL files which are included with various software development environments. Few examples of DLL files include OLE32.DLL, OLEAUT32.DLL, MFC42.DLL, MSVCRT.DLL, VBRUN100.DLL etc.
What could be the causes for DLL Errors?
DLL Errors are the critical Windows errors, which are commonly caused by the presence of corrupt registry entries as a result of DLL file corruption or shared DLL files. Some of the other reasons include:
- Uninstalling the program with DLL file that other programs access
- Failure while installing a new program could have corrupted existing DLLs
- A new program that has been installed could overwrite the existing DLLs with newer, older or incompatible DLL files.
- Failing HDD would lead to corrupt DLL files
Some of the symptoms of these DLL errors include occurrence of pop-up messages while using a particular program, errors while system boot up, shut down errors, slow PC performance and problems while opening any document or program etc. Some of the common DLL errors include:
- D3dx9_43.dll (D3dx9_43.dll Not Found)
- Hal.dll (Missing Or Corrupt Hal.dll)
- Kernel32.dll (Invalid Page Fault in Module Kernel32.dll)
- Ntdll.dll (Unknown Hard Error Ntdll.dll)
- Xinput1_3.dll (Xinput1_3.dll is Missing)
These errors depend on the type of application or the program they are included in. If these DLL errors are not fixed at the earliest, then you might encounter some risky situations like hardware failure, blue screen errors (BSOD) and fatal crashes as well as other critical issues. Nevertheless, you can troubleshoot these DLL issues easily the following tips, just read below to know them...
Use Anti-malware software to clean infections: Malware infection is one of the common causes for the recurring DLL errors like msvr80.dll. These threats alter the code that is embedded in these DLL files. Hence, scanning and removing these malware threats would fix the error.
Uninstall and Reinstall the application: If you encounter DLL errors only for a particular program then, just identify the program or application, uninstall it and then reinstall the application with its latest version. In case you encounter DLL error after uninstalling a specific program then just reinstall it and check if the error is fixed. This happens specifically in cases of shared DLLs.
Update your OS and other driver files: Many a times even presence of outdated drivers and software will also lead to DLL errors. Even when your Windows OS is not updated for many days, the DLL files might throw errors as a result of incompatibility. Thus, by updating your applications, drivers and your Windows might offer an instant fix to all these errors.
Clear your registry: One of the main reasons that results in DLL errors is Registry Issues. When your registry entries get corrupt, become empty or orphaned your registry becomes invalid and hence throw errors. If you haven’t cleaned your registry for longer time, then this is the right time.
Clearing the registry will clean up all invalid entries and removes the empty registries etc. In order to clean this registry manually you need technical proficiency, else you will land in troublesome situation. Instead make use of third-party tool called Remo MORE that can effortlessly clean all your registry errors and fix all issues related to registry in just few minutes that too safely without causing any damage to your other data.
Restore your system to Default settings: Ass soon as you get DLL errors just restore your system to the date when everything was fine without any DLL errors.
These are the simple tips that help you in troubleshooting these DLL errors efficiently and easily. However, while performing any of these actions it is very much necessary to be very careful and make sure you opt for a correct choice before performing any troubleshooting tips.
Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.
He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.