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DLL Files: The Basics
 
What exactly is a DLL file, and why do you have so many of them on your computer?

DLL files are part of Microsoft's shared library, responsible for both saving your PCs memory, and performing specific tasks. There are many times when you'll have a.exe file which is incapable of performing a function, because that function as it been coded within the .exe file. That's where the .dll files come in. EXE files can call on .dll files to complete the function they are incapable of completing for themselves.

DLL files, therefore, are really nothing more than extensions of .exe files which remain idle until called upon. That's why they’ve been given the name of "dynamic link" files. While they are executable files, there is no way for you to run them directly.
Because your computer’s .dll files are loaded into your RAM, there are fewer demands on your computer's memory. That's one of the beauties of.dll files being idle until they're actually called into action by an .exe file.

Your .dll files, however, are integral to the operation of your Windows applications. As such, you should never try to remove from your PC unless you do it with your PC’s Control Panel Add/Remove Programs feature. These files are often shared by different programs, and if the Add/Remove feature did not delete it, there was a reason why it needed to remain on your PC!

All .dll files are assigned version numbers which increase with the release of each new file. The latest version of a .dll file, however, is nearly always backwardly compatible with its earlier versions. Some new .dll files are nonetheless incompatible with older versions of the Windows OS, so some Windows ME .dll files, for instance, will not work on Windows 98.
You can check the latest Microsoft DLL files and version numbers in our database, where you’ll find information on more than ten thousand .dll files, including its name, file size, version number, and a brief description of each file’s function.

 
What do the letters DLL stand for?
DLL Stands For Dynamic Link Library.
 
What are DLL Files?
A DLL files job is to support other files in the operation of it's functions with you PC system.
 
How do DLL files get installed?

When you install an application, it often requires dll files for it to function properly. As part of the installation process, dll files are installed on your pc in designated folders. Dll files are also on your computer when you purchase it.

 
Can I delete a DLL Files?

You should never delete a DLL file, even if you are getting those frustrating messages. Dll files should always be uninstalled. Sometimes an uninstall might not remove the dll files correctly because thedll could be shared wth other programs. If an uninstall does not work you should use professional dll repair software such as this to remove any unwanted errors. Deleting a file could corrupt your PC to a point where it won't be able to reboot even in safe mode.

 
What are the most common DLL error messages?

The most common dll errors are one of which indicate that a file is missing or corrupt. They appear in the following form:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: /DLLFOLDERNAME/dllfilename.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file

\DLLFOLDERNAME\dllfilename.dll missing or corrupt: Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Cannot find \DLLFOLDERNAME\dllfilename.dll

Cannot find dllfilename.dll

 
Who Is responsible for writing DLL files?

People who write applications for your computer. Nearly every application that you use on your pc, be it microsoft applications, computer games, graphics or sound, will use dll files. Each of these applciatkions developers will have generated the dll files to work in conjunction with their applications.

 
What size are DLL files?

Dll files can vary in size from a few bytes to a few MB in size. The more functions the DLL performs, the larger the file.

 
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