How to fix Missing DLL files errors on Windows 10/8/7 PC

Missing DLL files is one of the common errors which Windows users face everyday around the world. What do you do if you receive a missing DLL file error message? If you know exactly name of the DLL file, the following articals is for you to fix the error: 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.

DLL is abbreviation of Dynamic Link Libraries and are 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 will be loaded into memory and used. If the operating system or software is not able to find the concerned DLL file, or if the DLL file is corrupted, you could receive a missing DLL file message.

Fix Missing DLL file error

If DLL files are missing on your Windows computer, the best ways to fix such errors are as follows:

  1. Run the built-in System File Checker tool to replace missing or corrupted operating system files.
  2. Run the DISM tool and repair the Windows system image and fix a corrupted Windows Component Store.
  3. Repair or re-install the software if some application throws up this error.
  4. Copy the DLL file from another system and restore it on your PC, followed by re-registering the dll file.

Let us take a look at these in details.

  1. The safest method to fix missing DLL file or corrupted errors thrown up by your Windows OS, would be to run the built-in System File Checker, which will replace missing or corrupted system files.

To do this, open Command Prompt (Admin), type sfc /scannow command and press Enter.

The scan may take 10 minutes, and once it completes successfully, you should restart your PC. Running sfc /scannow command in Safe Mode or Boot Time may give a better results.

Note: This article will help you if you receive a Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix them error message while running the scan.

  1. If the issue is not resolve with the above method, the next thing to do would be to Run DISM to repair the System Image. Again, in an elevated Command Prompt window, type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command and press Enter

This checks for Windows component store corruption and restores good health. The scan may take up to 20 minutes, and once it completes successfully, you should restart your PC.

Note: This article will help you if DISM fails.

  1. If it is some installed software or application that is giving this error, all you need to do is re-install the software. Uninstall the application that is giving the error from the Control Panel, restart your computer, go to its official download page of the application and download the latest setup file, then install the software. The installer will place all the required files on your PC including the DLL files. If the software offers an option to Repair the program, you may first opt to repair the installation and see if that helps. If not, try to reinstall the application.
  1. Sometimes, an application that was meant to run on an older version of Windows, may require a specific version of a DLL file to run. If you face this problem, you should try to copy the DLL file from one of your other systems and replace it here in the proper Directory. You may have to re-register the DLL file. At times the developers of that application may offer various versions of DLL files on their sites for download, you could download these files and see if that works for you.
  1. Is there any good site from where you can download DLL files to restore them? There may be, but I would not advise using them really. The reason is simple, if you need to replace or restore DLL files, you can carry out any of the above-mentioned methods. That will ensure that you get genuine files from genuine sources. Moreover, most of the DLL files are copyright protected, and I am not sure if any dll download website has authorized permission from the OS or application developers to host and distribute the files. And plus, how would you know the genuinity of the file? So that is a call you will have to take.