Windows Search by Microsoft

A free tool in Windows to search for computer files.


In some cases .dll files are moved, copied or renamed by other applications. You can quickly search your computer to see if the .DLL file already exists using the built-in Windows search feature.


Select a drive to search

Disable any applications that cause issues or are not used in your daily routine. In many cases, users may disable all startup applications and enable them individually as needed.

  1. Select a drive on your computer. (C:\, D:\, etc..)
  2. Enter the filename into the search bar. (Search without the .dll extension)
  3. Check if the .DLL has been found. (This may take several minutes)
Windows Search

Check search results

If are unable to locate the .dll file on your computer, we recommend requesting the .dll file. If you find the .dll file, proceed with one of the steps below.

  • If you find the .dll file make a copy and re-install the .dll file.
  • If you find filename(1).dll copy and rename to filename.dll. Proceed with .dll installation.
  • If you find filename.dl_, this is a compressed backup of the .dll file. Use software such as 7zip to extract the file. Continue with the .dll installation.

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