It is kind of frustrating to be confronted with an error message in your well-functioning Windows or on the software and application that you have been using in it. Most of the times these error messages are the reference to missing of the .dll extension files. These error messages appear whenever you start your Windows or start any specific application. In this situation, most of the victims of this error don’t have any idea what they are dealing with and anxiously tends to re-install the particular application or the whole Windows and even some of you try to install the specific .dll file from the internet, which might be outdated or contains a malware that can affect your Windows or even corrupt it.
Most of you may ask what exactly a .dll file is. Well, the .dll file is an acronym for Dynamic-link library, and this file library contains a set of code and data for executing a particular activity. There are perpetual amount of .dll files in Windows and its apps that are dedicated to performing a specific activity for the execution of apps and are used by more than one program simultaneously. The .dll files make your Windows to run more efficiently as basically, files are optimized for better performance of your Computer, enhances the disk space by eliminating the use of duplicate files that perform similar tasks and makes efficient use of PC’s RAM.
The .dll files are used commonly that’s why they are overwritten, corrupted and sometimes went missing which becomes the source of the error in Windows. So, corrupting and missing of the required .dll file can cause a complete breakdown in the execution of an app which can put you in full panic mode. Good news is that Microsoft provides a built-in solution that can fix missing .dll files error in Windows operating system. So, in this article, I will guide you on how to fix missing .dll files in Windows 10.
So let’s start with the guide…
Check for Windows Update
At times the application won’t run because it might be missing an important update. Luckily, Windows allows us to find and apply its own and its installed application within quite easily. Even though Windows automatically download and install the updates now and then but it’s sometimes crucial to do it on your own. In order to do so, follow the steps below.
Open up the Windows Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon located on the taskbar as shown above. From the Start menu, click on the Settings icon as highlighted. This will open up the Windows Settings.
From Windows Settings pane, click on the Update & Security option as highlighted above.
From Windows & Security settings, make sure you’re in Windows Update from the navigation pane as shown above. Simply click on the Check for updates button, this will start looking for potential updates and ask you to install once downloaded.
Run System File Checker in Windows
If the Windows System files are corrupted and gone missing then Microsoft has provided a utility in its Windows operating system known System File Checker, which will allow you to scan and restore these corrupted or missing Windows System files with the help of extended command prompt tool. Some of the users hesitate to use Command prompt but you don’t have to as running the system file checker utility is a very easy process.
From search located on Windows taskbar, type in “command prompt” as shown above. Now under Best match results, right-click on the Command Prompt option, from the menu click on the Run as administrator option as highlighted. This will pop up a User Account Control message, just click Yes button to Allow.
Now in the Command Prompt Window type in the following command to execute the System File Checker utility as highlighted above:
After typing in the command, hit enter to start the process, wait few seconds until the Windows gather the information to start the process of DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool) as shown above.
After the DISM operation is successfully completed, as shown above, you’ll see the message “The restore operation completed successfully” and you will be enabled to write another command.
Now once the DISM operation is completed, type in the following command and hit Enter as shown above:
This will start the System Scan for potentials fix of the corrupted and missing system files. This will take some time scanning up the system files so go out for a walk and stretch yourself a bit. Once the System scan process has been completed, close the Command Prompt and restart your Windows. After restarting the Windows, try to open up the app that was prompting an error. You’ll see that System File Checker might have fixed the problem.
That’s it! Hope this article has helped you to fix the missing .dll files in Windows 10. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty following the instructions, please let us know in the comments section below.