A DLL file, otherwise known as Dynamic Link Library file, is a shared file that many different programs can access to avoid duplicate files or versions. Missing DLL error codes are perhaps the most common of all error codes encountered by the everyday computer user. These error codes are created to let the user know that an important file that is required to start the program is not available, or have become corrupt or broken and can no longer be used in the state the it is in.
Missing DLL Error messages are typically the result of a couple of different issues such as:
An error has been created while accessing the DLL file due to hardware failure.
The DLL file required has been modified and can no longer be used which is causing it to appear as missing.
The DLL file has been removed in error and cannot be located.
The DLL file is a version that is older than the required version to launch the program.
Improper installation or uninstalling of a program has destroyed the stability of the required DLL file.
In all of these issues the error is still the same regardless of what is being displayed. The file required to initiate or continue use of the program is missing and is displaying the error message. If the missing file error has been created due to a hardware issue then there is no option other than replacing the hardware, as a failed hard drive will continually create these errors if it is not replaced or fixed.
If the missing DLL error is caused due to any of the other reasons the best thing to do is to copy the message that is being displayed, as this will explain which file is creating the issues. Once the file is identified the user is able to look online to determine if there is a downloadable version of the missing DLL file. In some instances there are files that can be downloaded that are of the same name, however the version number may not be correct which will create another issue and again display a missing dll file. If there is not a version that is available online to download, and if the program that requires the dll file is available, another option is to uninstall and re-install the program to ensure there is no corruption of the core source of the files.
Another option to identify and fix issues with missing DLL files is to run a registry cleaner. There are sometimes that the required missing file is in fact corrupted, in which case running a registry cleaner will assist in removing the file that is causing the issues as well as clean out other files that can be causing problems. Once the DLL file that is causing the issue is removed it may be easier to simply download a current version of the file and install the missing dll into a clean registry. Many registry cleaners also come with a backup function in case there are any changes made while trying to access the missing dll file and will ensure that there are no errors encountered after the scan.