Solving Computer Errors Due To Missing Files

When it comes to dealing with computer errors, understanding the cause of the error is half the job.

This is especially true for DLL errors, which are one of the most common Windows errors. Most DLL errors occur when one or more of the following conditions holds true:

As you can see, there are many causes of DLL errors. However, the majority of DLL issues occur when the required DLL file is missing. This fact forms the basis of our discussion. In this article, we will provide you with steps that you may use to resolve computer errors occurring due to missing files.

Before we begin, let’s take a look at some examples of common error messages that may be generated when the required file is reported as missing:

To fix errors occurring due to missing files, you will need to replace the missing file. Depending upon the cause and type of the DLL file, whether the missing DLL is a core Windows file or not, you can perform the steps listed below to replace the missing DLL file and fix the error.

Restore the missing file from your Recycle Bin

Often, users mistakenly delete important files causing a missing file error to occur. For instance, in case you accidentally delete the xvidcore.dll, the xvidcore.dll not found error will be displayed on your screen.  To fix the error, restore the DLL file from your Recycle Bin. If the file has already been deleted from your Recycle Bin as well, then you may use a reliable file recovery software to restore the DLL file.

Uninstall and then reinstall the software that is generating the missing file error

If you didn’t delete the DLL file but the file is still missing, then uninstalling and reinstalling the software that is generating the missing DLL error should fix the error. For instance, to fix the d3dx9_27.dll missing error, (the d3dx9_27.dll is required for proper functioning of programs that use DirectX, such as popular Microsoft games), then uninstall and reinstall the game that is generating the error. To ensure complete removal of the game, use the game uninstaller or the built-in Windows Add or Remove Programs utility.

Download the file from a reliable online file directory

In case the required DLL file is still missing after you have reinstalled the program, then download the missing file from a reliable online file directory. For instance, you may fix the missing flash.ocx file error by downloading the missing OCX file from a reliable online file directory.

Run the SFC (System File Checker command)

In case the missing file is a core Windows file, to procure the file run the SFC command. SFC is a command-line utility that replaces any missing core Windows DLL file either from the DLL cache or the original Windows installation CD.

To run the SFC command, click Start, type SFC in the Open box, and then click Enter.