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Tech Times - Tech Word/Term of the Week: Dynamic link library (DLL)

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Written and Compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Dynamic Link library (DLL) is a file extension that acts as a control for operating systems and various softwares. These file types help programs to utilise resources and memory, specifically those associated with Microsoft's operating systems i.e., Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Dynamic link library contains a library of functions and information that also manages the start-up of software, so it is not recommended to open a DLL file as multiple programs that require the code functions listed will begin to load and affect the speed of the device. Many errors are also common to DLL files and may be difficult to solve because there are many types of these extension files. The file names usually end in .exe, .fon, and .drv.

There are many steps involved in troubleshooting and/or solving DLL errors. In many instances, Windows computer users will erase the Dynamic Link Library belonging to a software and this will interrupt the loading process and even the initialising of operating systems. The first step to troubleshooting is to restart the device; the error may be temporary.

Never download DLL files from download sites, instead, try to restore old files, for example, one that could have been sent to the recycle bin. If the recycle bin was cleared, then free file recovery programs are the best options to restore the missing DLL file.

Other options to restore DLL files are to start the computer in 'Safe Mode' and run a scan, reinstall the device, program or software that presented the DLL error, check on Microsoft operating systems websites for driver updates or repair the installation of the operating system. If all else fails then a clean installation of the operating system should solve the DLL errors occurring.

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