How To Fix Missing DLL Issues In Windows 10

DLL means Dynamic Link Libraries and these are the external parts of an application that runs on Windows or any other operating system. One of the common errors which most of the Windows user faces is caused by missing DLL files. Many applications are not complete within them and store code in these files.

If the code is needed, the related file is loaded into memory and used. If your computer operating system or software is not able to find the concerned DLL file, chances are the DLL file is corrupted. The user will receive message as “DLL file is missing”.

Now let’s take a let’s take a look at the basic steps if you could take if you receive such message.

#1 PC Repair Tool:

PC repair tool

This tool helps to repair common computer errors, this tool will protect you from file loss, malware, and hardware failure and it also optimizes your PC to bring maximum performance. PC repair tool quickly fixes PC issues and prevent others from happening with this software.
How to use it?

Step1: Download PC Repair Tool with Microsoft technologies.

Step2: Click Start Scan in the tool to find out the windows issues that could be causing PC problems.

Step3: Now click repair all to fix all the issues.

To fix all the errors you have to upgrade this tool.

This will replace your missing or damaged DLL files with fresh clean and up to date ones.
Not every user is familiar with the work of DLL files, these files are required for running every program in operating system Windows 10. If a certain important DLL file is missing from your computer, you cannot able to run a program or an application.

#2 Run DISM

This process is similar to the PC repair tool. DISM stands for Deployed Image and Service Management. This tool is used when SC scanner fails to repair a system file that is necessary DLL file.


Step1: First run the administrative command prompt.

Step2: Enter the command (DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth) into the command prompt and press enter.
Ster3: restart the computer after the process is finished.

This checks for windows component corruption and restores it with good health so the scan may take around 15 minutes. You may have to fix the missing DLL file manually if this SFC scanner didn’t solve the problem.

#3 DLL file manually:

When the above steps failed to solve the issue, you can always download the missing DLL file manually from the internet. It’s pretty much easy to find a DLL file because there are a lot of sites in online offering free DLL FILES. You should also be aware that all the files you download manually are not trusted worthy.  For certain software’s and games, you solve the DLL issue by reinstalling it.

Like a month ago I was finding the latest version of dll file msvcr120.dll  and finally landed on WikiDLL and it  solved my problem.

Step1: Note all the missing DLL files and search it on the internet.

Step2: You can find all the missing DLL files from few trusty sites like ( You can manually download the DLL files.

Step3: Replace the new file with the old not working one.

This may or may not work. If you feel not okay with downloading the DLL file manually you can always borrow the DLL file from your friends or other users.

#4 Reinstalling Visual C++ redistributables:

visual C++

This is one of the common processes done by many users. When DLL files are missing from your PC, you can able to fix the problem by simply reinstalling Visual C++ redistributables.
Much application required these files in order to work and this can be downloaded from Microsoft’s website.

WikiPedia can be a great place to search for information about DLL files.

Few applications always required an older version of redistributable in order to work, so you’ll have to find the older version and install to fix the problem. Many users have reported they solved the issue by simply reinstalling the previously installed version of Redistributables.

You can use this Microsoft Forum for help.

#5 DirectX:


The missing DLL file can be easily fixed by installing DirectX to your computer. According to many users missing DLL files are commonly found while trying to start certain video games. To fix these issues users install DirectX.

DirectX can download the necessary files from Microsoft’s website. Sometimes there’s a DirectX setup file on users game disc one can install it from there. By installing necessary DirectX you should be able to fix the errors while trying to run certain games.

#6 Perform In-Place Upgrade:

If DLL files are missing from the PC the error can be fixed by performing an in-place upgrade. By this process, you’ll reinstall Windows 10 without losing your computer’s files and application.

Step 1: Download Windows 10 ISO from the Microsoft’s website. You should only download the latest version that matches your system error.

Step 2: After downloading it double click the ISO file to mount it. The new drive will now be seen kindly open it and run setup.exe.

Step 3: Windows will now automatically prepare the necessary files. You may ask to download the important updated before processing it. Downloading the upgrade isn’t required but it might make the upgrade process easier. Select the option and click next.

Step 4: Windows will now automatically download the necessary updates. This process may take some time.

Step 5: You should see the terms and service screen now, click on accept.

Step 6: Windows will now automatically install the downloaded updates.

Step7: Once you see ready install screen, click on change what to keep.

Step 8: Select and keep personal files and apps and click on next.

Step 9: The upgrade process will start now. You should now interrupt it this may take some time.
Once your PC is upgraded, you’ll have an installation of Windows 10 but all your files and applications will remain on your PC. You may have to perform a Windows 10 reset if in place can’t fix the problem.


DLL missing is a common error and it was faced by most of the windows users. We hope our following tips will help everyone recover their error to perform specific application and games.

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