A DLL file can be indexed on the OS registry through several ways. The first way is done through self-registering. This process can be carried out by DLL files that can store themselves on the registry of the operating system. Once registered, these files can immediately be accessed by the applications that need them. Self-registering DLL files do not require human intervention and are the most common type of DLL modules.
Another way to register DLL files is done through a set of manual procedures. These are the following:
- Determine the exact location of your DLL file.
- Click on the Start Menu and select the Run option
- In the Run dialog box, key in the word Regsvr32 followed by the path and filename of the DLL file enclosed in quotations then press Enter.
(example: Regsvr32 “C:\Windows\System32\YourFile.dll”)
After successfully registering the DLL module, the computer will show a message box informing you that the DLL file has been successfully registered.
The registration of these DLL files is very important. A DLL, or Dynamic Link Library, is one of the most frequently used components of a Windows operating system. This type of file contains a collection of functions that consists of shared data that can be accessed by several applications. DLL files are relatively small in terms of file size. In most cases, they use only a minimal amount of RAM resources. This means once a program is loaded, it normally calls upon a number of DLL files that can be used not only by the said application but also by other programs.
For a DLL file to properly perform its embedded set of functions, it initially needs to be registered in the system. This is a process where the computer recognizes the DLL file and associates it with certain applications. This means it is very necessary for you to register a DLL as because you will not be able to use its functions if it was excluded from the Windows System Registry.