How to fix “dll not found or missing error” In Windows
One of the common errors which Windows users face is caused due to missing DLL files. What do you do if you receive a dll file is missing error message? We have already taken a look at what to do if you find the following DLL files missing – xlive.dll | MSVCR110.dll | d3compiler_43.dll | LogiLDA.dll | MSVCP140.dll | api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll | VCRUNTIME140.dll | xinput1_3.dll or d3dx9_43.dll. Now let’s take a look at the general steps you could take if you receive such error messages.What Is DLL.
DLL stands for Dynamic Link Libraries and is external parts of applications that run on Windows or any other operating systems. Most applications are not complete in themselves and store code in different files. If there is a need for the code, the related file is loaded into memory and used. If the OS or software is not able to find the concerned DLL file, or if the DLL file is corrupted, you could receive a “Dll Not Found Or Missing Error” message.
How to solve or fix “dll not found or missing error”
- IMPORTANT: Do NOT download DLL files from DLL download sites in an attempt to replace your missing or corrupt DLL files. There are several reasons why downloading a DLL file to solve a DLL error is a very bad idea, least of which is that it may not solve your problem.
- Restart your computer. It’s possible that the problem that’s causing the DLL error is just temporary and a restart is all you need.
- Restore the deleted DLL file from the Recycle Bin. You may have simply accidentally deleted the DLL file. Most DLL errors come in the “DLL Not Found” and “Missing DLL” form. The easiest possible cause of a DLL error like this is that you’ve deleted the DLL file without realizing it.
- Recover the deleted DLL file with a free file recovery program. If you suspect that you’ve accidentally deleted the DLL file but you’ve since emptied the Recycle Bin, a file recovery program can help.
- Run a virus/malware scan of your entire system. Some “DLL Is Missing” and “DLL Not Found” DLL errors are related to hostile programs that masquerade as DLL files.
- Use System Restore to undo recent system changes. If you suspect that the DLL error was caused by a change you or someone else made to your registry or other system configuration, then a System Restore could end the DLL error.
- Reinstall the program that uses the DLL file. If a DLL error occurs when you open or is using a particular program, then reinstalling the program should properly install and register the DLL file again.
- Update drivers for any hardware that might be related to the DLL error. For example, if you’re receiving a “Missing DLL” error when you use your printer, try updating your printer drivers.
- Run the sfc/scannow command to replace any missing or incorrect operating system related DLL files.
- Apply any available Windows Updates. Many operating system service packs and other patches can replace or update some of the hundreds of Microsoft distributed DLL files on your computer.
- Perform a repair installation of Windows. If the individual DLL troubleshooting advice above is unsuccessful, a repair installation of the operating system should restore all Windows DLL files to their original working versions.
- Perform a clean installation of Windows. A clean install of Windows will erase everything from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows. If a repair install doesn’t correct the DLL error, this should be your next course of action.
- Troubleshoot for a hardware problem if any DLL errors persist. After a clean install of Windows, your DLL problem can only be hardware related.