What is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) File?

A Dynamic Link Library (DLL) is a file made up of programming code that contains functions which are called from executable programming code, such as an application or even another DLL. Programmers often use DLL files to develop reusable code and to build program modules that can be used over a wide range of products being developed. Unfortunately though, this sometimes results in code not being updated frequently enough to keep up with operating system changes and updates. Unlike an executable ".EXE"  file, a DLL file does not have the necessary code to enable it to be run by itself, it must be called either from executable code or accessed from another DLL file that is has executed.

In easier to understand terms, usually developers write DLL code in order to have it perform a specific function or to have it be part of another module.

As an example:

The purpose of this section of our site:

Okay, you're here to find a DLL file!

With the many versions of the Windows 9x operating system, it has become impossible to maintain a warehouse of every possible DLL file. Therefore, we have provide a search mechanism as well as a URL for a site dedicated to warehousing DLL files.

Try a World Wide Web search.

Type the exact name of the dll you need eg: user32.dll

You can also try this URL: DLL Search.com

Searching for another type of system file? (exe, vxd, inf) follow this link: Search for other files.

Notice: If this search page does not develop or locate the specific DLL file you need, please do not write to us requesting files, as we do not have the facilities to comply with these requests.

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