Restoring Windows® XP DLL Files
The need to restore DLL files and the ways to do it.
The DLL files, also known as Dynamic Link Libraries, are very important for the functioning of the Windows® XP operating system, as they are shared between the various programs on it. The Windows® XP DLL files can undergo damage. This can be caused by various factors. The DLL files need to be immediately replaced for the proper working of the operating system as well as the installed programs. The ways to restore the DLL files and the need for doing so are outlined below:
- How to restore DLL files?
- Methods to restore DLL files
- Need to restore DLL files
How to restore DLL files?
The DLL files of the Windows® XP system can be downloaded from the Internet. If the name of the missing DLL file is known, then access the DLL file homepage online, search for the file in the database, and download it. The file may be a zipped file. If so, extract the content of the file to the location, ‘c:WindowsSystem32’. The DLL files of the Windows® XP operating system are stored in this directory. Once the file is extracted, it has to be installed in the operating system. This can be done by the ‘Run’ command in the ‘Start’ menu. Open the ‘Run’ command and run ‘regsvr32’, type in the DLL file’s name, and it will be automatically installed.
Methods to restore DLL files
The DLL files can be replaced with the help of the Windows® XP CD. To use it, reboot the system. Read through the CD-ROM drive once the system boots from the CD. Press the ‘F2’ key to start the system for Auto Recovery. The option to repair the Windows® operating system will appear on the screen. Press the ‘R’ key to initiate the recovery process. Once the key is pressed, you will see the Windows® Recovery Console. Go to the main ‘c:’ directory and enter the command ‘Expand d:i386hal.dl_ c:windowssystem32’, where ‘d:’ represents the CD-ROM directory. The expand command may issue an order to overwrite. Press ‘Y’ to confirm. The DLL file will be restored.
The DLL files need to be restored as they play an important role in the proper functioning of the operating system. The programs that run on the system share DLL files with each other. Any changes to or removal of the DLL files affect the Windows® registry. The Windows® registry contains information regarding all the hardware and software on the system. Once it is affected, the programs don’t execute in the correct manner. Hence, it is very important to restore the DLL files.