How to Fix Missing or Corrupted .DLL Files

To fix .dll errors, you can try a few basic steps. While some errors might need more detailed fixes, these initial steps often solve common problems. For more help and common .DLL questions, check out our 'Frequently Asked .DLL Questions' section.

Identify the software

When you encounter a .dll error message, the first step is to identify the software that is causing the issue. You can use to determine which program is causing the issue based on which .DLL file is missing. This will help you narrow down the problem and find a solution quickly.

Complete All Windows Updates

Updating Windows can fix .dll errors and also ensures you have the latest features for a smooth experience. After each Windows update, remember to restart your computer and continue checking for updates until there are no more available.

Update your Drivers

DLL errors can also be caused by outdated or missing drivers. You can manually update drivers by going to the device manufacturer's website and downloading the latest drivers.

Check Windows Defender/Antivirus

It's possible that your antivirus may be quarantining .dll files after they have been installed or during use, which can cause .dll errors. If you believe this might be the cause of your .dll errors, consider reviewing the quarantine folder of your antivirus software to determine if any .dll files have been isolated.

Reinstall the Software

You can often fix .dll errors by reinstalling the problematic software. This can restore the missing .dll file, which could resolve the issue. If you're unsure which software is causing issues or errors, check to help determine the software linked to the .DLL file.

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