How to Fix Missing DLL Files Errors on Windows PC?

Updated on April 14, 2022

DLL is a library containing code and data that are used by multiple programs to run at the same time on your Windows computer. But, at times you might come across the error “couldn’t find DLL files or .dll is missing from your computer and cannot run more than one program on your PC. In such situations, you need to fix the error and recover lost DLL files.

What is a DLL file?

A Dynamic Link Library or DLL, is an executable file that helps to initiate several functions on your Windows computer. It is just like an extension file and contains data system resources and also codes. It will assist you to minimize hard drive space needed by applications. In fact, a single DLL file can be accessed by several programs running on your system. But if that DLL file goes missing, then the software using it cannot run it and you will get an error message that "couldn't find .dll file name".

Reasons Behind Missing DLL files Error

Sometimes you might experience different errors stating DLL files missing while running various applications. Reasons behind the error might be-

Accidental deletion of DLL files. You often commit this mistake when trying to clean up hard disk space or uninstalling/installing a program.

Chances of DLL file getting overwritten. Recent program installation on your Windows PC may alter the existing DLL file and cause compatibility issues.

Unlike other files on your hard drive, DLL files also get corrupted and lead to .dll error. Hardware problems and malware infection on the drive also contribute to the error.

Various DLL errors

Case 1: An error .dll file missing from your computer appeared on my screen while running a program on my Windows 10 computer. Because of the error, the program couldn’t start. How to restore the missing DLL files? Is there any way to fix the error?

Case 2: Cannot find .dll file, reinstall the application

Case 3: The application failed to start because .dll file is missing. Reinstall the application.

This type of error is common in Windows PC as this is the part of Windows application program file. How to Fix this? How to recover a missing .dll file and make the application to work properly?

Methods to Fix Missing DLL files error

If DLL files are missing on your Windows 11/10 or other versions, here are the ways to fix errors:

What if you cannot find DLL files in the Recycle Bin? How would you recover the missing DLL file to run your application?

Here is your best choice to recover missing DLL files and enable your program to run. Be it an application file or a system file, SFWare Deleted file recovery software recovers lost / deleted files from your PC for you. The advanced scan algorithm of the software helps to scan all the file systems and formats in the computer’s drives and restores them in ample time. Download and try the safe and quick approach to fix your problem by recovering the DLL file.

Method 1: Run System File Checker to fix DLL errors

The safest way to fix DLL file missing or corrupted errors shown by your Windows operating system is to run the built-in System File Checker. SFC helps in replacing any missing or corrupted system files.

To do this, on your Windows computer, right-click on the Start button to open the Win X Menu and click on Command Prompt (Admin).

Now in the CMD window, type the following command and Enter:

sfc /scannow

The scan may take few minutes, and once the scan is successfully completed, restart your PC.

Method 2: Repair System Image

You can repair system image using DISM. This is also a method using command prompt. Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is used to service Windows images. Also, can be used to DISM image management commands to find and get information about Windows image (. wim) files, Full-flash utility (FFU) files, or virtual hard disks (VHD).

To run DISM to repair system image, type the following command and hit enter.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This will scan your Windows computer for inconsistencies, which may be caused by various hardware failures or by software issues and potentially fix that corruption. Once the process completes restart the PC.

Above mentioned methods should be able to help you fix the DLL errors. If you still experience the error, you can copy from other healthy systems or recovering using a data recovery software.

Recover Missing DLL file Using a File Recovery Software

First of all download SFWare Deleted File Recovery Software and install it on your Windows system. Run the application and follow the instructions given on the screen.

1. Select Recover files from Main Screen. Now, click on Deleted file recovery or Lost File Recovery on the screen according to the data loss situation.

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2. in the next screen, list of drives are displayed. Select the drive where you stored DLL files.

select drive to recover deleted DLL files

3. Now, Select the file types you want to recover(Expand and check the box). This initiates the scanning of the drive.

4. Once scanning completes, recoverable files will be displayed in Data type and File type view.

Select the DLL extension files to recover

Finally, Save the recovered dll files on your desired location.

Note: Place the .DLL file in the same folder where the application .exe file is located.

You can make use of SFWare Deleted file recovery software on all Windows version including the latest Windows 10 and the oldest Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Server 2013 and Windows Server 2008 Operating

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