You first have to register DLL (Dynamic Link Library) files before your programs can use them. Registering a DLL file entails procedures to introduce it into the system.
In this process, the DLL file is associated with the applications requiring it. When a .dll file is not registered, the program which needs it would not be able to access the file’s information. The program then may not be able to function properly.
There are two ways to register a DLL file
You can register a DLL manually. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Find the exact location of your .dll file.
2. Click on the Start menu.
3. Select the Run option.
4. On the edit field of the Run dialog box, type regsvr32 followed by the complete path and file name of the .dll file. The path and file name should be enclosed in quotation marks.
Here is an example:
5. Make sure you have typed the information correctly and press enter. The system will include the .dll file in the registry.
6. You will see a message box telling you the DLL file has been successfully registered.
Self-Registering .dll Files
There are .dll files capable of registering themselves on the system’s registry. Normally, these .dll files perform the self-registering procedure during the installation of the software housing them. You do not need to do anything in this process. Once the said type of .dll files are registered, the application requiring them can immediately access their libraries. Self-registering .dll files are generally more common than those that require manual registration.
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