How to fix DLL not found or missing errors on Windows 10?

By Eunice Samson | August 23, 2018 |

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There are many types of files with the .DLL extension, and some of them are crucial in running applications and services. For instance, graphics software utilizing DirectX requires DLL files to ensure smooth operation. So, it can be troublesome when DLL errors occur. If you’re into video games or you’re in the video editing business, it is only natural to ask, “Can I restore a missing DirectX DLL file?”

If you’re experiencing the same problem, do not worry because we’ve prepared several methods that will help you resolve the issue. Keep on reading to learn how to restore a missing DirectX DLL file and how to fix other DLL-related errors.

Before anything else…

Before you proceed to our troubleshooting methods, we recommend trying these simple fixes:

Restarting your PC

In some cases, a glitch is temporarily affecting the DLL files, and a simple system reboot can repair the error. However, keep in mind that this option will only work if you are able to launch Windows successfully.

Restoring the Deleted DLL File

It is possible that you just deleted the DLL file, which is why it went missing. So, it would be advisable to go through the items in your Recycle Bin. If you found the missing DLL file, restore it. If you are unable to access your system normally due to the issue, we recommend entering Safe Mode when following the solutions in this article. You can do that through these steps:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+I to open the Settings app.
  2. Select Update & Security.
  3. Go to the left-pane menu, then choose Recovery from the list.
  4. Go to the right pane, then click the Restart Now button under the Advanced Startup section.
  5. Once your computer restarts, you will see the options screen. Follow this path:

Troubleshoot ->Advanced Options ->Startup Settings ->Restart

  1. Once your PC restarts, choose Safe Mode. If you need the networking drivers, select Safe Mode with Networking. From here, you can try restoring the deleted DLL file.

If you tried these simple solutions and the DLL error still persists, we recommend trying our methods below.

Method 1: Using System Restore

It is possible that a recent update or change in your system configuration or registry caused the DLL error. If this is the case, then it is advisable to roll back your system to a restore point where everything was working fine. To do that, follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to your taskbar, then click the Search icon.
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  5. Make sure that the View By option is set to Category.
  6. Click System & Security, then select System on the next window.
  7. Go to the left-pane menu, then click the System Protection link.
  8. Once you’re in the System Protection tab, click System Restore.
  9. A new window will open. You can choose your preferred restore point or follow what the system recommends.
  10. Click Next to proceed.
  11. If prompted, confirm the selection you made, then click Finish.

The process will take about 15 minutes to complete. It is important that you avoid interrupting it. Your computer will restart once the process is finished. Do note that if you’re performing a system restore via Safe Mode, the change is irreversible.

Method 2: Update your Drivers

It would be advisable to update the drivers of the hardware affected by the DLL error. Updating drivers can be done manually, but we usually advise against it. After all, the process can be tedious and time-consuming. If you choose this option, you will need to go to the manufacturer’s website and find the latest drivers compatible with your system. If you install the incorrect drivers, you might encounter system instability issues.

As such, we recommend automating the process, using a trusted program like Auslogics Driver Updater. When you use this tool, it will recognize your system and find the latest manufacturer-recommended drivers for it. What’s more, it will take care of all corrupted, missing, and outdated drivers—not just the ones related to the DLL error. So, once the process is complete, you can expect better performance from your operating system.

Method 3: Performing an SFC Scan

One of the great things about Windows 10 is it has built-in tools that you can use common problems like corrupted or missing DLL errors. You can try performing an SFC scan to make sure that all damaged or affected Microsoft-supplied DLL files are replaced properly. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+S.
  2. Type “cmd” (no quotes).
  3. From the results, you will see Command Prompt. Right-click it, then select Run as Administrator.
  4. Once Command Prompt is open, type “sfc /scannow” (no quotes), and press Enter.

The process will take several minutes to complete. So, be patient and avoid interrupting it. Once it is done, check if the problem persists.

Do you need to clarify any of the steps we shared?

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

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