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Best Methods For Repairing DLL Problems On Your PC

Best Methods For Repairing DLL Problems On Your PC

Troubleshooting computer errors, especially application errors are not as difficult as some computer experts would like us to believe. For instance, let’s take the example of DLL errors. Every Windows user who has used computers for some time would be familiar with DLL errors, as they are the most common type of errors that occur on a Windows computer. However, what many Windows users fail to realize is that troubleshooting DLL errors is fairly easy and can be done on your own.

In this tutorial, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is a DLL file
  • Best methods for repairing DLL problems

DLL File – Definition

DLL is an acronym for Dynamic Link Library. Each DLL file on a Windows PC – and there are thousands of them – is there for a definite purpose and provides a specific functionality that different applications and the Windows operating system can use. For instance, different applications call upon a particular DLL file to control dialog boxes. DLL files are dynamic because they are loaded into the memory space of the application that calls upon them.

Owing to their presence in huge numbers, it is but natural that every now and then you may come across a DLL error, such as the mfc71.dll error. However, with the help of the steps listed in the next section you can easily resolve even the most obstinate of DLL errors.

Steps to resolve DLL errors

Update the software that is generating the error

If you notice that the error occurs only when you try to run a particular software then chances are there is problem with either the DLL file listed in the error message or other application file(s). Try updating the software and see if that makes the error go away.

If the problem persists after updating the software, uninstall and then reinstall the software.

Run a malware scan

Malware, are perhaps the biggest cause of DLL errors, such as the connapi.dll error. Malicious programs often alter or delete essential DLL files, causing frequent DLL errors on an infected PC. To fix DLL errors occurring due to malware, update your protective software with the latest malware definitions and run a complete scan on your Windows computer.

Furthermore, keep your computer protected from harmful programs by performing the following tasks:

  • Keep your antimalware software up-to-date and schedule regular scans on your computer.
  • Install a robust firewall.
  • Scan e-mail attachments before opening them.
  • Read the End User License Agreement (EULA) before installing new software.

Clean your registry

Registry-related issues are another major cause of recurring DLL problems. To fix and prevent DLL errors occurring due to issues in the registry, keep your registry clean, compact, and healthy. For this purpose, regularly clean the Windows registry using reliable registry maintenance software.

These three troubleshooting steps not only help you fix DLL errors, such as the msvcr71.dll error, but also help you in maintaining your PC’s optimal performance. In the end, remember with the right software and some diligence you can resolve DLL errors and prevent them from reoccurring in the future.

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What To Do When You Encounter A Windows PC Error Message

What To Do When You Encounter A Windows PC Error Message

Are you fed up with your computer’s slow speed?

Are error messages, such as file type errors. a common occurrence on your Windows computer?

If you answered Yes, then this article is all you need to get rid of your computer woes forever.

In this article, we will discuss tips that will allow you to troubleshoot common Windows PC errors, such as .pcb file type errors on your own.

Tip#1 Perform a malware scan

Did you know that malware infection is often the root cause of a myriad of computer errors, such as the .daa file type error?

Malware programs, if present on your computer, can create havoc by deleting or altering various files and eating into your computer resources. In case you notice symptoms, such as a sudden increase in errors, or a drop in your computer’s performance, it is likely your computer’s security is breached.

The solution is to run a complete malware check on your Windows computer. To do this, first update your security tool with the latest malware definitions and security updates. Next, isolate your PC by disconnecting it from the Internet and from any network share that it is attached to. Now, restart your computer in Safe Mode and run a thorough malware scan. The simple steps illustrated below take you through how to start Windows in Safe Mode:

  1. Close all the running programs and restart your computer.
  2. As Windows reloads, press and hold the F8 key.
  3. Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys in the Advanced Windows Boot Option Menu and press Enter.

To ensure that all threats present on your PC are detected and deleted and quarantined, we recommend that you run the scan twice.

Update your Windows, driver, and software files

The next step is to update your Windows, driver, and software files.

  • Updating Window files – Windows PC’s come with a useful built-in Automatic Update feature that ensures new Windows updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your Windows computer. Ensure that this option is enabled on your computer. In case, you are using a version of Windows prior to Windows ME (Automatic Update feature was first introduced with Windows ME) then you will need to manually download any new updates and security patches available for your version of Windows from the Microsoft website.
  • Updating Software files – Many software too have an Update tool that you can use to update the software files. If the feature is absent in some of your installed software, then for these applications manually download the new updates by visiting the software manufacturer’s website.
  • Updating third-party drivers – When it comes to updating third-party drivers, you have two options – update drivers manually or use a reliable third-party driver update tool.

Use a reliable file extension repair software

A lot of file type errors, such as .aspx file type errors occur due to damaged file openers. The issue can be fixed by deploying a reliable file extension software. Such software fixes the damaged file openers, providing you quick access to files generating errors.

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How to Remotely Access Your Computer(s)

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Show and Delete Hidden Devices

Recently when I was trying to get a sound card to work in our Call Manager, I ran across these tips that helped me from a couple other sites that are definitely worth checking out. These will help you clear out everything listed for sound and multimedia, which can sometimes keep devices you added from working, such as a new sound card.

From Techguy.

To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Run
  2. Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
  3. At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note: Nothing seems to happen as you are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help to see hidden devices)
  4. On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
  5. In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.

Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.


  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Go into the device manager.
  3. Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
  4. Reboot to normal mode and allow the devices to reinstall.

Microsoft has some built in devices the device manager such as Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer that may be damaged.

Those devices can only be seen/removed in safe mode under Windows ME. The problem you are having is usually caused be a corrupt MS Kernel driver or Audio Codec.

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MMO Gaming Strategy Guides

After reading a post on my friend Wayne’s site, about The Unofficial Second Life Linden Dollars Guide, I was checking out the Killer Guides site and figured many of this sites readers would enjoy or could use some of these gaming strategy guides. Make sure you check out the packages of guides for some big savings.

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Disable Wireless Adapters When Connected to a LAN

Recently, I have been trying to figure out how to keep the laptops in our office from grabbing an ip address on the wireless connection when they are plugged into the local lan, thus grabbing two ip addresses, not to mention the security implications. Now, one would think this would’ve been something that would have been thought of early on and included in the operating system, or, at the very least, something you could do with group policy on a domain controller. Nope, at least, as far as I have been able to tell. I’m still a little hopeful that I might be able to figure out some registry keys to change, once I find a better registry monitor than the one I have, maybe I will figure it out.

It is very easy on most laptops to turn off the wireless connection, such as hitting the function key and F2 on Dell laptop, but who wants to rely on users pressing a key or key combinations every time they login to our network, so, an it has to automatically happen when you dock your laptop or plug in an Ethernet cable. Below I am outlining what I did to make it happen on several different laptops, the ones we actually use in the office. Good thing wireless networks don’t get too finicky and work with most Telephone Systems International. Click on the image to see the larger size.

Dell laptops
Dell laptops with a Dell wireless adapter in them are very easy to disable when connected to a wired network, on the adapter there is a setting called “Disable Upon Wired Connect”, all you have to do is go into device manager, find the network adapter and double click it and go to the advanced tab. Enable this setting and it will turn off the wireless card when connected to your lan.

Unluckily for us, most of our Dell laptops have an Intel wireless adapter, such as the PRO 2200BG, and they do not have this feature. You need to install the Dell Quickset utility, get it here, enter your model and search for quickset, and then go into the location profiles setting:

Dell quickset

Next you need to go into the General Mobility Settings and select Modify Settings:
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Latest White Papers from HP

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World of Warcraft Video Tutorials and Walk Throughs

Just added a bunch of World or Warcraft, or WOW for short, video tutorials and walk throughs.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 26, 2007 at 2:14 am

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Insane Level Difficulty Guides for GOW

For all you gamers who are going back through Gears of War and playing on the insane difficulty level, here are a bunch of video guides and how to’s, and some glitches, if you NEED the help that is, for the insane level. Here is the Insane Difficulty Guides Playlist, the complete list from search, so you can see them all, and you can watch them in wide screen here.

I thought of my boy Davey when I saw this video, so I thought I would post it here, he’ll know why. ;)

Oh ya, and this one to.

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How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista

Here is a nice little video that shows you how easy it is to upgrade, or downgrade depending on your point of view, from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

We also have listed a bunch of Windows XP Videos and a bunch of Windows Vista Videos, and be sure to check out the most viewed videos of the week.

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