Role of DLL Files in Windows® XP
What are the issues that can occur with the DLL files and how do you resolve them?
Windows® XP is a 32-bit operating system. It is a successor to the Windows® 98 and Windows® 2000 operating systems. Windows® XP comes in two editions, namely, Windows® XP Home Edition and Windows® XP Professional Edition. The operating system was designed to run even on a low-end configuration, without the need of high-end hardware requirements. Tremendous changes have been brought about between the user interfaces, as they evolved from Windows® 98 to Windows® XP. The DLL files that are also called Dynamic Link Libraries contain codes and information. All programs installed on the operating system are involved with certain Dynamic Link Libraries, which store the information in the system registry.
The DLL files play an important role in the proper functioning and smooth running of the operating system in the following ways:
- Role of DLL files
- Issues with DLL files
- Fixing the errors and issues
- Tools and utilities for fixing the errors and issues
Role of DLL files
The DLL files come shared in the programs installed on the operating system. By sharing the DLL files, the system saves on the memory and disk space. The various files in the system include the ‘shell32.dll’ file, which is responsible for the Windows® Shell API function for opening web pages and files. The ‘ieshell.dll’ file is responsible for Internet Explorer® and system utilities. It is a Microsoft® assigned file. Other DLL files included in the system are ‘wmploc.dll’ and ‘browseui.dll’.
Issues with DLL files
An error in a Windows® XP DLL file can cause serious errors in the operating system as well as result in conflicts in the Windows® registry. This can happen when an installed application overwrites an existing DLL file. Removal of a single application that shared a DLL file with other applications can result in the malfunctioning of the other applications. The presence of malware on the system can affect the DLL file. The malware can erase or overwrite an existing DLL file causing errors in the program using it.
Since the DLL files play a vital role in the proper functioning of the Windows® XP operating system, protecting the files is very important. Thus, the error should be resolved swiftly. The operating system can be run in the Safe Mode and made to roll back to a previous restoration point where there were no errors. Thus, when the system is restored to a previous point the error can be removed. If the DLL file that is affected is known, it can be downloaded and reinstalled in the system directory. Run the antivirus and the antispyware software to prevent malware from entering the system.
If the extent of damage is serious, then tools and utilities can be used to help fix the problem. There are many error repair tools that can be downloaded from the Internet. The software can be installed on the system and the step-by-step procedure can be executed in order to obtain the replacement of the required DLL files. Ensure that the software used in an authentic one.