For the ones who have been using Windows 10, the issue of missing DLL files is not new. While this can be frustrating, it certainly adds to the despair of the users who are trying to run numerous applications. Therefore, the question that arises is how we fix the error? It is not possible to run many applications without having proper .dll files installed. While the missing DLL files can be installed from the website or through a simple search on Google, we have listed all the information you need to tackle the issue of missing DLL files on your computer while using Windows 10.
Taking the basic question of what actually are .dll files. DLL is nothing, but a dynamic link library file which is used for holding multiple codes and procedures that are crucial to the functioning of Windows programs. The basic idea behind the creation of DLL files was to allow multiple programs use the same information at the same time, and therefore helping memory conservation within the device. Dynamic library differs from Static Libraries because the latter are linked to the executable at the run time whereas DLL files are not linked until run-time. Every Operating System contains static libraries (.lib) and Dynamic Libraries (.dll). Therefore, the case of missing DLL files can prove to be a headache for any user. Through this article, we shall understand why this error is seen commonly in Windows 10.
Now we take up the issue of missing DLL files in Windows 10 which has been tormenting for a lot of users. Before we head to the solution of missing DLL files, it is important to know that Windows 10 is very different in its functioning from its variants, and therefore, one can come across quite a few errors. We have discussed a few of these errors pertaining to booting in safe mode, and much more on our website.
For the ones who are trying to run a number of programs in Windows 10, the following error is not unusual:
"The program can't start because MSVCP110 .dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
According to an official statement from Microsoft, Windows 10 doesn't come with a few preinstalled applications that include Windows Movie, Maker, Windows Live Movie Maker, or a part of Windows Live Essentials, due to which one faces the error of missing DLL files.
However, there is no reason to worry for your missing DLL files on Windows 10 as they can be downloaded through the official links offered by Microsoft.
The complete Windows Live Essentials package, which includes the Windows Movie Maker, can be executed in Windows 10. Irony is that they are not running because Microsoft did not include the complete Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2012 Runtime libraries in Microsoft Windows 10. Therefore, you can go to the following links to solve the issue of missing DLL files by installing the packages.
Here is the link to download Visual Studio 2012 Update from the Microsoft Download Center:
After you are done installing these libraries (we recommend you install both 64-bit and 32-bit, if you happen to use the 64-bit variant), you shall find your problems relatively solved. Without having to reboot your computer, you can run Windows Movie Maker along with other important applications.
However, one also opts for the old-school method of downloading DLL files from the website. This section illustrates how to download a missing DLL file through the website.
There are numerous DLL files that are Microsoft Visual C++ file and are required by applications which were made with Visual C++. The downloading of this file along with copying it to the Windows System Folder should help fix the basic error for everyone. In some cases, it could require copying it to the application folder which requires it.
1. Log on to the DLL Files website and alongside the right hand column, one can click on the Download Zip File Button. This is one of the many websites that you can use to download the missing DLL files. Any given file would have a number of versions and you can choose any depending upon the version of OS you use. Always opt for the latest version.
2. You then have to unzip the file that you downloaded, and merely double-clicking on the file would open it using the Windows' built-in support feature for zip files. Else, you'll be redirected to the download folder if a different path has been specified.
3. Extract the desired DLL file to the C:WindowsSystem 32 folder, which we have assumed you have used the default hard drive letter for Windows. If you are running the 64-bit Windows variant, you can also copy the files to C:WindowsSysWOW64. Don't go searching for that folder as it shall only exist if you have the 64-bit version.
4. You can now launch the application or game that wasn't working due to the missing DLL file. If it asks for the same missing DLL file again, you may have to reboot your computer; else, you can simply download the other missing DLL file from the website.
DLL files are important for the ones who like to play a lot of media and graphic oriented files on their system. While Windows 10 has certainly complicated the matters by not having the basic Live Essentials, it does provide you with an alternative to solve the problem, both of which were supplied above as links. If you have discovered an alternate way of overcoming the issue of missing DLL files, feel free to share it with us in the comment section and we shall feature it on our website.