2 Steps to Register DLL File Manually

Users need to be logged in as a Local Administrator to register files.

What is a Dll File? A DLL file is a module containing certain functions that can be used by multiple programs as long as it is registered. Please follow the steps below to manually register a DLL file. Most times, you might accidentally delete a dll file mannually or due to malware attack or a particular system update. It can as well be as result of broken or incomplete software installation or installation pack. We are going to show you ways to register dll file manually.

2 steps to register dll file

Note: Keep in mind that you cannot register DLLs that came pre-installed on your Windows computer, as these DLLs are vital to Windows operation.

Lets get underway.

For Windows Vista and higher you must run the command prompt as ‘an administrator’.  On Windows 8 (for example) go to the Start screen, simply type ‘cmd’ to search for the app, right-click the app returned and select ‘Run as administrator’ at the bottom of the screen.


1ST Part: Finding the DLL

Go to your Local Drive (C:)

Double Click on Windows Folder to open it

Scroll down and double-click the “SysWOW64” folder. This folder is near the bottom of the page. Most of your computer’s program-installed DLL files are stored here.

Verify that the DLL is in the folder. If you know the DLL’s exact name, you can type it into the search bar in the upper-right side of the folder. If you don’t know the DLL’s full name, you can click the Type column heading and then scroll down to locate the DLL.

Move the DLL from a different folder. If you can’t find your DLL in the “SysWOW64” folder, it’s in the “System32” folder instead. To move it, do the following:

  • Click the “Back” arrow 
  • Double-click the “System32” folder.
  • Find the DLL and select it.
  • Press Ctrl+C to copy the DLL.
  • Click the “SysWOW64” folder on the left side of the window. You may have to scroll down here.
  • Click a blank space in the folder, then press Ctrl+V to paste in the DLL

2ND PART: Using The Command Prompt to Register Dll File

Open Command Prompt. You can find out many ways to open command Prompt in all Windows version here

Right-click Command Prompt. A drop-down menu will appear. If your mouse or trackpad doesn’t have right and left buttons, use two fingers to tap on the trackpad (or press the trackpad’s button), or press the right side of the button, to simulate a right-click.

Then select “Run as an Administrator”

Switch to the “SysWOW64” directory.  you can do this by typing cd \Windows\SysWOW64 into Command Prompt, then press  Enter.

Type regsvr32 into Command Prompt, then type a space. Followed by the name of the dll file in lower case.

  • For example: to register a DLL named “12345.dll”, you would type regsvr32 12345.dll into Command Prompt.

Finally, Press  Enter. This will run the command and register your DLL file. You should receive a pop-up window with “[DLL name]…succeeded” written in it.

Note:  In some versions of Windows, We advise you to Create a restore point before you go ahead to register dll file. In case you encounter any problem or your system starts to misbehave, you can restore your windows to previous restore point created. You can learn How to do this here

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