How to Kill a DLL File

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How to Kill a DLL File
In a few steps, you can kill a DLL file running on your computer. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from Fotolia.com)

A DLL file contains procedural instructions, resources and assignment through library linking for software applications. One DLL file is often used for multiple programs. When this is the case, it may be necessary to kill a DLL file while trying to troubleshoot a program issue or to perform a removal of software.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Windows XP:

  1. 1

    Click on "Start" and go to "Run."

  2. 2

    Type CMD in the run box and press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Type "regsvr32 /u file.dll"

    Note: Replace "File" with the actual filename of the DLL.

  4. 4

    Press "Enter" to execute the command. Click the "OK" button on the pop-up that confirms the command was successful.

    Windows Vista / 7:

  1. 1

    Click "Start" and then on the "All Programs" link.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the "Accessories" folder.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the "Command Prompt" icon and select "Run as Administrator" from the right-click menu.

  4. 4

    Type "regsvr32 /u file.dll"

    Note: Replace "File" with the actual filename of the DLL.

  5. 5

    Press "Enter" to execute the command. Click the "OK" button on the pop-up that confirms the command was successful.

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